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->''"Madness reigns \\
In the hall of the Mountain King."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Savatage}}''', "Hall of the Mountain King"

The downside of any [[RoyalBlood hereditary monarchy]] is that every so often the throne is inherited by someone completely out of his gourd. Maybe it's the fault of that lead-lined plumbing, or those mercury-laced medicinal elixirs, or [[InTheBlood maybe it's genetic]] ([[RoyallyScrewedUp in which case you're in some deep trouble]]). Whatever the cause, the sovereign is still [[IControlMyMinionsThrough given the full power and support of the state]] despite their obvious insanity, with inevitably disastrous consequences.

The Caligula will be wildly irrational, [[MoodSwinger violently moody]], extremely debauched, will never tolerate being told anything he doesn't want to hear, and probably afflicted with a [[AGodAmI god complex]]. In short he will be a PsychopathicManchild with the power of life or death over everyone whom he can reach. He may be a sexual deviant, or he might [[{{Sadist}} take pleasure in the pain and suffering he causes]]. He may indulge in [[{{Egopolis}} renaming cities or even the entire country after himself]] or [[LoonyLaws throwing out increasingly ridiculous decrees]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor with brutal punishments in store for anyone who breaks them]]. Whatever form his madness takes, one thing is certain: to do anything the Caligula finds displeasing is to inevitably be dragged off to a grisly death or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]]. Of course, [[HairTriggerTemper any number of things might trigger his rage]], and he might even decide on a whim to punish those who have not done anything at all. And while all of this is going on, the land over which the Caligula rules is rapidly going down the drain due to his neglect. Here in particular, he has a decided advantage over most other crackpots when it comes to messing things up: he can start wars. Be it for the perceived personal [[GloryHound glory]] or his [[GeneralRipper obsession with perceived enemies]], the Caligula's country will probably be in a constant state of war.

Due to their continuing close proximity to the Caligula, members of the court ([[DecadentCourt decadent]] or [[StandardRoyalCourt otherwise]]) will be the primary targets of his fits of rage. Nobody within reach is safe from him, whether they be nobles, servants, bureaucrats, foreign ambassadors, or even members of his own family. The Caligula is very definitely a BadBoss. With any luck, thanks to TheStarscream[=/=]LaResistance, a conspiracy will eventually develop to [[DeadlyEuphemism remove the crazy sovereign from his post... permanently]].

This is not limited to sovereign heads of state. The Caligula can be anyone wielding great power within an organization while being completely nuts. Modern psychology has shown that the corporate business structure, if emphasizing financial profit to the detriment of anything else, can be [[http://www.amazon.com/Snakes-Suits-When-Psychopaths-ebook/dp/B000QUCOAS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1282609408&sr=8-3 especially prone]] to the appearances of individuals displaying at least a majority if not all of The Caligula's traits (so long as the person seeking profits is a psychopath, which is what the book seems to be saying.)

[[TropeNamer Named]] for what is probably history's best known whack-job, [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman]] [[TheEmperor emperor]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus]], better known as UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (''Little Boots'', his childhood nickname); remembered for talking to statues, locking granaries, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens declaring war on Neptune]] (and "winning", then commanding his soldiers to collect seashells as war-prizes), [[CaligulasHorse making his horse a consul]], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick boning his sisters]]. The veracity of some of these claims is in question, but the reputation persists. [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} See here]] for all the details.

In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are TheGoodChancellor, EvilChancellor, StandardRoyalCourt and DecadentCourt. The next step down is TheBrigadier. The next steps up are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, ShelteredAristocrat, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes.

* PresidentEvil, Just as insane, but ''voted'' into power.
* RoyallyScrewedUp, Where pervasive insanity runs in the monarch's family.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm, where the ReasonableAuthorityFigure gets replaced by, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a tyrant]].

* TheWonka, another type of mad authority figure whose madness makes him more competent as opposed to more destructive.
* PsychoSupporter, who has the same personality traits but is usually on the opposite end of the authority hierarchy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Emperor Ganishka in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', who is literally a demon and has an ego so big that he attempts to defy God. He has a nasty temper, and is AxCrazy enough that his subordinates fear his wrath. [[spoiler:This gets taken UpToEleven when he reincarnates himself as an [[EldritchAbomination unholy monstrosity]] that makes the most horrifying Apostles look cute and towers over the city of Windham, becoming so [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide drunk on power]] that he tramples his own soldiers like ants.]]
** [[spoiler:The King of Midland]], after making a FaceHeelTurn and losing his sanity. He diverts the entire resources of his country towards [[spoiler: destroying Griffith and the Band of the Hawk]], even when the country begins to suffer from plague and famine, so that the country falls to the Kushan invasion afterwards.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': While not actually royalty, Akito plays this role as head of the Sohma family (complete with an unhealthy dose of AGodAmI). [[spoiler:Akito gets better, unlike the standard Caligula]].
* Clair Leonelli of ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''. This (more than the fact that he's [[JustAKid only 19 years old)]] is the reason the other Mafia higher-ups are reluctant to let him assume the role of [[RedBaron Vampire]].
* The Emperor in ''Manga/SoulHunter'', which is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very liberally based on the end of the Shang Dynasty]], listed in the Real Life section below.
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'', King Dedede has a castle which has his face all over the place, the only thing he ever does is find ways to take advantage of the cappies, and orders monsters from the truly nightmarish evil corporation [[ForTheEvulz to make everyone miserable, or just to beat Kirby]].
* The Maestro Delphine of ''Anime/LastExile''.
* Gihren Zabi of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', is one of the rare LawfulEvil examples. A soulless EvilPrince who has no problems murdering his [[{{Patricide}} father]] to seize power, [[CainAndAbel framing his sister for trying to assassinate him]], using WeaponsOfMassDestruction to butcher civillian populations, or subverting the entire war effort in the name of his SocialDarwinist agenda, Gihren is the ''[[DragonInChief de facto]]'' BigBad of the series, and frightens even the other members of his BigScrewedUpFamily. He's less overtly crazy than many examples, but makes up for it with his total LackOfEmpathy and emotionless [[TheSociopath psychopathy]].
* In the backstory of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the Fourth Mizukage, Yagura, led the Hidden Mist Village during the years of the Bloody Mist, where half of each graduating class was required to murder the other half in cold blood, one of the village's most famous ninja lead a failed coup, an entire Cipher Division being cut down by their own bodyguard was considered proper procedure, and Kisame (the aforementioned bodyguard) even told Yagura to his face that the latter would have him eliminated at some point. Apparently, people thought highly of Yagura, which could be true, because [[spoiler: either Madara Uchiha or Tobi/Obito was mind controlling him the entire time]]. The fact that Yagura was [[spoiler: being controlled by the Akatsuki leader]] has become public knowledge in the Mist Village, as numerous characters have blamed Akatsuki for the Bloody Mist years.
* Gjallarhorn of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' is pretty much this but applied to TheFederation. It's ruled by corrupt aristocrats who will eliminate anything in their path, no matter how insignificant. Corruption is rampant to the point [[AlwaysChaoticEvil that having anyone with a modicum of decency and morality is a rarity]], and they even fully condone lesser rights for Martians and colonists so that they're easier to oppress. They even murder [[ChildSoldier Tekkadan kids]] with glee in their attempts to kill one publicly-known young woman advocating for Martian rights. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] to the point that [[spoiler:season 2's BigBad had to ''reform and restructure Gjallarhorn both out of necessity from all other ruling parties being killed and out of sheer efficiency's sake due to the ruthless chaos and suppression just making everything worse''.]]
* King Hamdo of ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is a petty, raging tyrant who expends his armies of enslaved ChildSoldiers at will. His first scenes involve strangling his cat when it upsets him, and then having the child protagonist tortured for hours and hours on end.
* The World Government of ''Manga/OnePiece'' appears to fall into this, although not the Marines protecting it. The World Government itself is incredibly corrupt and brutal, being major patrons of the mostly pirate-run slave trade and using the Marines for acts of mass butchery to silence those that found out their dirty secrets or could threaten them. The "nobility" of this world is even worse, as the upper-middle class will cheerfully burn an occupied city to the ground to make things look neater for a World Noble's visit and [[NeverMyFault claim it's the poor people's fault]] [[TheSocialDarwinist for being too stupid to be born nobles]]. The highest social class are so batshit insane that ''[[InsaneTrollLogic they wear air bubbles to prevent themselves from breathing the same air as commoners]]'' and [[KickTheDog regularly murder anyone]] [[DisproportionateRetribution they encounter over the very pettiest gripes]].
** For reference, when the Straw Hats went to rescue Hachi's mermaid friend from being sold into slavery, one of the "nobles" decided to shoot random people for no reason other than the thought occurred to him. And everyone -- meaning everyone, including the people who normally wouldn't stand for such insanity -- were shocked beyond words when Luffy punched the bastard in the face.
** Villains who actually ''work'' for them is a case-by-case basis. For example, most of the antagonists in the Impel Down arc are just as AxeCrazy and sadistic as any noble, with the notable exception of Magellan, the BigBad of the arc; he was the closest anyone in the prison came to an AntiVillain and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, despite being loyal to his employers.
** Spandam is certainly this to the [=CP9=] and everyone at Enies Lobby. Despite being weaker than Coby when Luffy first met him, he somehow got to be the leader of a major Marines stronghold and treats everyone, subordinate and pirate alike, like they were gum on the bottom of his shoe in addition to reveling in his power to make the Buster Call, even after accidentally making it. What really sealed it, though, was telling everyone over the loudspeaker his plan to leave them all to be destroyed by the Buster Call while he hightailed it to a safe distance.
** Were he to achieve his goal of taking over Fishman Island, Hody Jones would easily be this - his immediate plans would be to slaughter anyone on the island who wants to live in peace with [[FantasticRacism humans]], followed by going to a council of kings with the intended purpose of murdering them all.
** Eneru/Enel from the Skypiea Arc could fit this as well. No regard for others, carelessly strikes down anyone with a dissenting opinion, an AGodAmI complex, goes even more batshit insane when someone he can't instantly beat beats his ass? Yup. He's as bad as any World Noble ever was.
** A childlike queen who just wants to create a nation where all races of the world can live in peace, accompanied by cheerful sentient objects. How could this go wrong? By having said queen, Charlotte Linlin AKA Big Mom, be a [[LargeAndInCharge giant-sized]] [[AxCrazy sociopath]] who switches between a somewhat reasonable schemer, an [[PsychopathicManChild oversized brat]] with the power of two armies (her pirate army and herself being a OneManArmy) and an uncontrollable berserker who murders everything that gets in her way. She has everyone who lives in her kingdom pay pieces of their SOULS (effectively reducing their lifespan) so she can put them into inanimate objects and bring them to life as her homies, threatens people by saying she'll chop off a loved one's head and send it to them in a box, holds extravagant tea parties where she plans to kill certain guests and have everybody dance on their corpses and eat cake. And to top it all off, she's one of the worst mothers in anime, frequently berating, beating and occasionally killing her 85 children. GodSaveUsFromTheQueen indeed.
* Queen Himiko from the ''Dawn'' arc of ''Manga/{{Phoenix}}'', who then dooms her kingdom by exiling her [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Brother]] when he finally tells her enough is enough.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Kano]] from ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'', the BigBad. While very [[TheChessmaster intelligent]], [[TheUbermensch charismatic]] and [[NewEraSpeech eloquent]], he's a deranged solipsist who believes that he's the only real person in a world that exists inside his mind. A possible explanation for this may be the fact that he's the result of generations of selective inbreeding, designed to create the perfect ruler.
%%* Niwe of ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}''.
* Light Yagami, a.k.a. [[SerialKiller Kira]], of ''Manga/DeathNote'' certainly qualifies in the later part of the show as an unusually intelligent and competent example of this trope, as his reign is based strictly on his personal [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity idea of justice]], not to mention that his [[AGodAmI god complex]] consistently gets in the way of his judgement. Those who disagree or stand in the way have about forty seconds to live.
* The Valerian sovereign in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. According to a letter of distress, he [[spoiler: starts indiscriminately murdering people and having their corpses dumped in the Sinners' Valley]] in his "fits of insanity." Then, after he believes that [[spoiler: everyone else in Valeria is dead]], he jumps in himself and [[spoiler: commits suicide in front of Yuui]]. The Valerian people chalk his insanity up to the curse of the twins.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Freeza is a [[AxCrazy violent]] tyrant who readily kills his own men when he's in a foul mood, but he's otherwise coldly logical and calculating. That is, until [[SanitySlippage he falls off the deep end]] when he is defeated by Goku. When he's rebuilt into a cyborg, he rushes to Earth with his dad to get revenge, and is killed by Future Trunks. When he's revived, instead of listening to his men who beg him to leave the Super Saiyan alone and rebuild his failing empire, he ignores them and devotes all his remaining resources to invading Earth. Although he lasts longer against Goku and Vegeta thanks to his four months of training, he's killed again in the end, and what is left of his empire also [[NiceJobFixingItVillain dies on Earth]].
* Kino's travels in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' takes her to a country ruled by one such leader. Vistors are immediately imprisoned and enslaved, with their only chance for freedom being a life-or-death gladiatorial tournament that will also grant them the power to enact a new law if they win. When Kino does well enough in the tournament to be granted a personal audience with the king, he's revealed to be a schizophrenic lunatic.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Former Shi'ar king D'Ken, who is at least partially responsible for Vulcan being as screwed up as he is, was another fine example (until he was killed by, you guessed it, Vulcan).
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is presented this way in quite a few ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' media.
** The 1994 story "The Great Pretender" (the first in a miniseries of ''Showcase'' issues each featuring a different ''Batman'' villain) shows us an alternate Gotham City in which the Joker has apparently taken over everything and crowned himself "King." In addition to his usual cold-blooded murders, King Joker makes his subjects take baths in custard, has all government employees dress in [[OutdatedOutfit Elizabethan-era costumes]], and [[BigBrotherIsWatching broadcasts his decrees via giant video screens towering over the streets of Gotham]]. And as if all that weren't wild enough, there are numerous crazed men running around in white makeup and green hair dye who seek to overthrow King Joker, including an amnesiac who believes he ''is'' the Joker. Plus, various Batman impostors are also roaming the streets to do battle with all these faux Jokers. Yeah, it gets pretty crazy.
** He also exhibits some of these characteristics in the [[Film/{{Batman}} 1989 movie]], such as when he appears at the Gotham City 200th Anniversary Parade seated on a throne (in RealLife an actual throne, donated by the King of Sweden). He also, like Nero (see below), fancies himself a MadArtist, although his "masterpieces" are mostly just vandalized or outright destroyed works by other artists or human victims [[FacialHorror whose faces he has perversely scarred]]. He even has one of his {{Mooks}} carry around a boombox playing a song whose first verse announces: "All hail the new king in town!"
* ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian came up against mad and corrupt kings with some regularity, but the most notable of these was King Numedides, who Conan [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt overthrew to become king of Aquilonia]]. Numedides regularly had men and women flayed alive for minor transgressions; indeed, when Conan was imprisoned in his tower, Numedides executed a dancer who Conan liked and ordered a scrap of her flesh tossed in Conan's cell. Conan immediately recognized whom it belonged to because of the dancer's many tattoos. As well, in order to become immortal, Numedides enlisted the services of the EvilSorcerer Thulandra Thuu; together, they sacrificed young women in order for Numedides to [[BloodBath bathe in their blood]].
* Two-Spear in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. Winnowill, too.
* The Red King, main villain of the ''PlanetHulk'' storyline, fits this trope to a T.
* Like Conan, Comicbook/RedSonja has come up against her fair share of mad kings. Unlike Conan, most of them attempted to imprison her in their harems. [[ActionGirl Bad move]].
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'''s Roark Junior, a.k.a. ''That Yellow Bastard'', would have been this if he was able to inherit his family's political power. He was an insane and violent sexual deviant who preyed on kids... and was being groomed as a future US president before he met his end.
* In the ComicBook/DarkEmpire arc of the ''StarWars'' comic lines, Palpatine became this after his first resurrection. Although he was definitely not a good person prior to his first death in Return of the Jedi, he at least was sane enough to actually succeed in his plans and manipulate factors in his favor. Afterwards, he's become just yet another insane, megalomaniacal tyrant. (His increased insanity was heavily implied to be the direct result of transferring his spirit into clones.)
** It also probably didn't help that [[spoiler: said clones were being sabotaged by one of his guards to genetically break down]].
* Vulcan (from the Summers' ''TangledFamilyTree'') becomes king of the Shi'ar empire and essentially drives the people to hell, dividing them and thus starting the ''ComicBook/WarOfKings''.
* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
%%** King Kel in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog''
** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
*** Chief Judge [[MeaningfulName Cal]] in the story "The Day The Law Died" (collected as ''Judge Caligula'') is, as the name suggests, closely based on the Emperor (even being drawn to resemble Creator/JohnHurt in ''Series/IClaudius''). [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]] (allegedly) made his horse a senator; Cal made his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge. Caligula demanded grandiose building projects; Cal expected the citizens to build a mile high wall around Mega-City One in a week. He also argued with deceased former Chief Judges, preserved his execution victims in vinegar, and sentenced the ''[[OmnicidalManiac entire city]]'' to death ''twice''. At least the mile-high wall actually helped protect the city later on.
*** Subverted however with the version of Judge Cal who shows up in "Helter Skelter". He's from an AlternateUniverse where he actually killed Judge Dredd and has been the tyrannical ruler of Mega-City One for over 20 years, precisely because unlike his mainstream counterpart he wasn't insane (just evil), allowing him to make more rational choices. He's still indicated to be a BadBoss though.
** ''ComicBook/{{Aquila}}'': Emperor Nero (who is incidentally the TropeNamer's nephew) is a total lunatic who spends most of his time having people tortured and crucified by the thousands to end his boredom.
* In "Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon," Valerius fits this trope perfectly: his drunken revelry, sexual violence and senseless slaughter was so extensive that his co-conspirators had to step in, to stop him from running the kingdom into the ground.
** In Creator/RobertEHoward's original story, Valerius does this deliberately, in order to ruin the realm, because he knows YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness is coming, and wants TakingYouWithMe so his co-conspirators won't profit.
* One character defeated by the villainous Queen Chrysalis in the ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' spinoff series is named [[MeaningfulName Emperor Incitatus]], the ruler of Trot (Troy), and shown as self-obsessive and narcissistic as [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]] was said to be. These traits were used to assure his downfall.
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Death Queen]] in ''ComicBook/LadyDeath'' lives up to her name very well. After dethroning Lady Death and taking control of her dark domain, her unstable and unpredictable rule forces ''demons'' to form LaResistance. She turned into an OmnicidalManiac as the story progressed, at first wanted to resort to an DoomsdayDevice to kill any "miscreants", but after the machine is destroyed by the heroes, she combines enough arcane power that she effectively [[AGodAmI becomes a goddess]], organizing an all-out invasion of every corner of the domain, even destroying friendly settlements that provided resources to her armies!
* {{Loki}} spends about five days as this trope in ''ThorAndLokiBloodBrothers'', before swiftly being brought down by TheChainsOfCommand and realizing that he and Thor were cosmically manipulated into their CainAndAbel roles and deciding to abandon his throne if it means they can be friends again. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it's too late for that.]]

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* While Rupert Chill is stated to be the ruler of [[APlanetNamedZok Planet Zok]] (which appears in a few [[Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse Calvinverse]] stories), he spends most of his time [[SurroundedByIdiots yelling at his crew]] and trying to capture Calvin.
* Scar in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', just as in the film. He even becomes so power-crazed that [[spoiler: [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Hago kills him]]]].
* In ''Fanfic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'', it is shown that while most of the founders of Equestria were {{Flanderized}} in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant, Chancellor Puddinghead, on the other hand, was toned ''down'', elected via youth vote and managed to get killed shortly after Hearth's Warming in a stupid dare. Among many, many, other things like [[CaligulasHorse appointing her pet parrot to her cabinet]], which it retained even after it died.
** On the other hand Commander Sullamander, Hurricane's predecessor, was less the humorous type and more the savage dictator type, who in her last years formed a CultOfPersonality around herself. General Wind Whistler was able to lead roughly two-thirds of the pegasus military against her when the coup came, since she was that hated.
* In ''Fanfic/StarWarsParanormalitiesTrilogy'', we are given Masochus, easily the [[AxCrazy most]] [[MadScientist unhinged]] of the Valkoran leaders. For starters, he [[FlayedAlive skinned himself down to the bone]] (only retaining some connective, vital and sensory organs; and [[TechnicallyLivingZombie he's still alive]]), and he's done similar things (such as for experiments) to other Valkoran soldiers just because he could. [[ThePowerOfHate He also compulsively hates everything and everyone just to stay alive]]. This is deconstructed in his backstory as a former Sith Lord, as this behavior got him exiled from the [[EvenEvilHasStandards Sith Empire]] after killing too many civilians and soldiers alike for his own amusement. In the present day of the main story, [[BigBad Emperor]] [[EldritchAbomination Valkor]] doesn't mind his insanity as long as it isn't too counterproductive to his long-term goals (and Masochus is actually one of his closest supporters), but even then, the majority of the [[AntiVillain Valkoran Empire]] [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating still hates his guts]].
* ''Fanfic/{{Eugenesis}}'' has Galvatron, who spends most of his time either just sitting on his throne not doing anything, or having hundreds of troops killed for non-existent plots to poison his drinks. It's mentioned that before he came back from wherever it was he'd been, the Decepticons under Soundwave had almost taken back all of Cybertron. The only reason they don't get rid of Galvatron now is because he's [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Galvatron]].
* The rewrite of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' depicts the Prophet Muhammad (yeah, that one) as a sadistic demagogue with a penchant for [[BloodKnight slaughtering infidels]] and [[{{Squick}} pedophilia]]. The background material expands on him; he tried to irrigate fields with vats of human blood, ordered every dog in the universe to be strangled because one barked at him, and invaded a galaxy based on the commands of a ''palm tree''. It's rather telling that many characters - including his own Muslim followers - fear him more than they fear Maledict and the Demons. Even Jesus and the Angels consider him TheFriendNobodyLikes [[spoiler: and are planning on quietly assassinating him the first chance they get]].
** Beelzebub is a more straight example; though he isn't a monarch, his PsychopathicManchild personality and [[MadScientist disturbing sexual fetishes]] make him this trope. He's despised by pretty much all the other Demon leadership - even Maledict thinks his cruelty goes too far, but keeps him around for his sheer intelligence.
* In ''{{Fanfic/Hivefled}}'' Her Imperious Condescension manages to be even crazier than she is in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' canon due to her habit of kidnapping and raping teenagers for fun with [[MonsterClown The Grand Highblood]] and keeping one guy she has a crush on wired into her spaceship so she can continue torturing him and even [[ChildByRape had a child with him]] that she later forced into ParentalIncest with because they "looked so cute together." What's even more disturbing is that she makes the case that her relationship with The Grand Highblood has actually ''reined in'' her Caligula tendencies, meaning she could be ''even worse''.
* {{Canon}} Princess Celestia is a wise and reasonable ruler, with just a few trickster shades. {{Fanon}} tends to exaggerate those shades out of proportion. The result is Princess [[FanNickname Trollestia]], who falls squarely into this trope. The best known example is probably the flash ''WebAnimation/FriendshipIsMagicBitch''.
* ''FanFic/TheConversionBureau'': Many iterations of TCB!Princess Celestia portray her as a deranged tyrant who commits genocide against entire species.
* ''Fanfic/SummerCrowns'' has the Tattered Prince after he [[spoiler: conquers Pentos]], at which point he runs a KangarooCourt day and night, slaughtering the magisters for laughs and distributing their holdings amongst his followers.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' is one example where The Caligula in question is the ''Main Character'', although he's spoiled, feckless and self-absorbed rather than outright insane. [[spoiler: He gets better.]] The film implies that his being in the trope at the start of the movie was due to Yzma's influence when he was growing up. Yzma plays the trope straight. After throwing him off the throne, she became all the things of a stereotypical Caligula, especially outright madness -- like [[FashionVictimVillain decorating the entire palace in hot pink and electric purple!]]
* Roberto is depicted as one in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: Bender's Game'', having sent his entire army out to wage war on scallops, but sunk the ships wiping them out.
* Scar in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. He wasn't the one in line to inherit the throne but unsurped it through intrigue, his ambition, megalomania and ruthlessness. While he didn't become completely ridiculous, since his intellect is high unlike many other examples, he did start acting like a overgrown, whiny child who was only concerned about everyone remembering who's in charge, instead of governing or taking any responsibity seriously.
* Ruber from ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''
* King Koo-Koo, the ruler of Loony Land in ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'', is a textbook example of this - even by the standards of his realm. The only thing in existence he seems to care about is his frustration at being extremely short, which he is determined to fix by granting himself endless opportunities to laugh at other people (since laughing makes him swell up to the size of a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon). To this end, he has his [[TheDragon Dragon]], the crazed knight Sir Leonard Loony, play all kinds of practical jokes on anyone who visits his court (and even keeps an entire wagon full of cream pies on hand for PieInTheFace gags), all the while making his courtiers laugh so hysterically that over time they have degenerated into zany robotic monstrosities. He ultimately crosses the MoralEventHorizon when, in his bid to become the largest being who ever lived, he has a giant squid-monster who is his friend entertain him by trying to [[TickleTorture literally tickle all the good guys to death]].
* The events of WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie would never have happened if Neptune hadn't been such a terrible king whose incompetence and tyranny Plankton could exploit. Even when Bikini Bottom has become Planktopolis, the guy's only concern is ''[[SkewedPriorities finding a way to cover his bald spot]]''.
* King Candy from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', who rules the world of Sugar Rush. He can be seen as somewhat kooky, but a respected authority figure, as [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething he actually participates in (and always wins) the daily races]]. After an initial burst of temper, he [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasons with Ralph and explains his point of view]] in a way that makes sense. But his hideously single-minded campaign of vengeance against one homeless little kid signifies deeper issues. [[spoiler: In reality King Candy is actually Turbo, an arrogant racer from the 80's arcade game Turbo Time. As Turbo, he went into the game's mainframe, removed Vanellope's data and everyone's memories of her, and adopted the persona King Candy.]]

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In ''[[Film/ThirteenAssassins 13 Assassins]]'', Lord Naritsugu is the Shogun's little brother, and uses his position to commit all manner of horrific atrocities, such that his house's vassals start committing seppuku in protest. The main conflict of the movie is that the Shogun wants him killed without dishonouring their house.
* The Alternate Universe version of Biff Tannen in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''. Using the [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin Gray's Sports Almanac]] he obtained from his future self, he wins an insane amount of money from gambling, which he uses to become mayor and buy off the police, turning Hill Valley into a lawless ViceCity.
* In the Creator/WoodyAllen film ''Film/{{Bananas}}'', the rebel leader Esposito goes mad with power the second he gains control of San Marcos. For your consideration, his speech to the people of San Marcos:
--> "From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!"
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': The Black Queen is confirmed to have more than a few screws loose before we even see her. When Barbarella is in the Labyrinth, Prof. Ping explains to her that the reason the Labyrinth's prisoners eat orchids for sustenance, when they are supposedly difficult to cultivate and expensive, is because the Black Queen is amused by resenting the expenses of feeding them. Go figure.
* The Roman Emperor Commodus as depicted in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' and ''Film/TheFallOfTheRomanEmpire''. Commodus wasn't as bad in real life as he was in either film, but he still wasn't the sort of monarch you'd take home to mother -- he was know to believe that he was reincarnation of Hercules, and as a result he cared very little for his administrative duties. He once walked into the Senate with a severed ostrich head, fought as a gladiator in the arena, and is best-known for ending the "Five Good Emperors". Dissatisfied members of the Senate had him eventually assassinated by paying his wrestling buddy to strangle him in the bath.
* Emperor Tod Spengo of ''Film/MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''.
* Swan, the villainous record producer of ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise.'' Though he styles himself as an AffablyEvil [[TheChessmaster manipulator]], almost every single decision he makes in the film is made on a whim: his employees are hired, fired or reassigned on the flimsiest of reasons, he imprisons his stars in [[MagicallyBindingContract torturously ironclad contracts]], rewrites the Phantom's music to cater to his own eccentric tastes, and orders his fiancée assassinated at his wedding for the sake of publicity. Worse still, not only is he in complete control of the music industry, [[spoiler: he's also immortal.]]
* Then there's ''Film/QuoVadis?'', which gave us a ''delightfully mad'' Nero played by [[LargeHam Peter Ustinov]]. Arguably one of the best things in the whole movie.
* ''Film/TheScarletEmpress'': Tsar Peter III is given to playing with toy soldiers, and marching his Prussian guards around indoors when it rains. His brief time as tsar seems to be a carnival of misrule, with endless proclamations, and Cossack stormtroopers going around raping and stealing. Peter is also shown taking a potshot out of his window with a rifle and killing a guard, ForTheEvulz.
* Admiral General Aladeen from ''Film/TheDictator''. Among other things, the guy has his own men executed for the most trivial reasons such as his nuclear missile program head not having made the missile pointy or one of his men accidentally blocking him on a staircase ([[spoiler:though it turns out his executioners are rebels and everyone he has ordered killed is alive and living in New York]]), he hosted his own "Aladeen Games" where he won every single event (one event shown being a race where he shoots the other athletes in the leg and has the finishing line carried forward to break it) and changed a large percentage of the words in the language in his country to "Aladeen"...including ''contradictory'' words like "positive/negative" and "open/closed", causing immense confusion. All PlayedForLaughs, naturally.
* Aedenoid Hynkel from ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', a parody of Hitler who even dances with a globe of the world as he thinks of becoming 'Emperor of the World'.
* The King of ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown'' is based on the Korean ruler Yeonsangun of Joseon. In the film he is ruthless and erratic in his behavior, but also very cultured and rather sympathetic at times, with loads of FreudianExcuse.
* The portrayal of UsefulNotes/IdiAmin in ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'' exemplifies this trope almost perfectly. He begins as an AntiHero and descends into complete madness and insanity.
* Harold Shand, anti-hero of the classic 1980 British gangster movie ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday''. He begins as a competent mob boss with grand ambitions, who nonetheless seems sane and grounded. After a series of mysterious and violent incidents chip away at his criminal empire, he gradually falls apart; by the end of the film he has slit the throat of his most trusted lieutenant, alienated his most valuable business partners, and had his fellow gang bosses strung up on meat hooks. It all ends badly.
* There is UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} himself, who appears in the guise of Jay Robinson in ''Film/TheRobe'' (1953) and ''Film/DemetriusAndTheGladiators'' (1954) and of Malcolm [=McDowell=] in (what else?) ''{{Film/Caligula}}'' (1979).
* Komodo in ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'' certainly qualifies.
* [[spoiler:Kruger]] would have become this if he actually succeeded in taking over ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* In ''Film/LordOfWar'' Andre Baptiste Sr. has elements of the character type, but it's an arguable case as he doesn't have clear control over his country, fighting a civil war.
* King Brian the Wild, in a section of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' which was cut from the final script --- but incorporated into the computer game.
* The roman dictator Sulla is [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade portrayed as this]] in the 2002 film version of ''Julius Caesar''. His political ambitions to maintain the senatorial system is glossed over and he invades Rome and orders purges just to seize personal power. He massacres all his enemies, orders Caesar's heart cut out by Pompey, and sentences a coin minter to death because he felt like it. His tyranny ends when he [[UndignifiedDeath drowns in his own bath due to a heart attack]].
* Long Dinh, king of Vietnam in ''Film/ThePrinceAndThePagodaBoy''. In a slight variation, his father tried to avert it by naming one of his more level-headed brothers the next king, but Long kills his brother and takes the throne anyway. He then proceeds to be exceedingly decadent, a warmonger, ordering people killed over nothing, and even forces himself on his General's LoveInterest.
* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has two separate examples:
** [[NotSoHarmlessVillain The Grandmaster]] is a LaughablyEvil example, as he is presented as an hilarious CloudCuckoolander that rules over an planet with iron fist, forcing people to fight in the arena and executing those who displease him with a [[CruelAndUnusualDeath melting ray]]. Needless to say, Loki considers him a "lunatic" though to be fair, the Grandmaster has been ruling Sakaar for ages which implies that he is at least competent enough to stay in power. [[spoiler:The post-credit scene shows he was deposed by revolutionaries]].
** ComicBook/{{Hela}}, on the other hand, plays this trope [[KnightOfCerebus completely serious]]. As soon as she takes control of Asgard (by slaughtering their entire army [[OneManArmy by herself]] no less), she begins a {{reign of terror}} upon her kingdom to recover the Bifrost sword so she can re-start her campaign of conquest of all realms in existence. She is so bad that [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating nobody really likes her]], outside of her undead minions (who are beholden to her will), the only one who willingly follows her is Skurge, who is scared witless of her.

* Creator/KAApplegate loves this trope, and all of her series feature it to varying degrees:
** Visser Three from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' fits this trope like a glove. In the main series he's an AxCrazy EvilOverlord who executes subordinates at the drop of a hat, meets every threat that comes his way with overwhelming force, and due to being the only Andalite-Controller and having a bastion of EldritchAbomination morphs is a PhysicalGod by the definitions of this series. The prequel Chronicles books show his backstory as a quite sane and capable ManipulativeBastard who climbed from obscurity by studying the Andalites when no one else would. This study led to his obsession with becoming the first Yeerk to infest an Andalite, a goal he eventually reaches. Once he hits that high mark, there's nowhere else to go but down.
*** Crayak, before he became [[EldritchAbomination something that could not be properly described in English,]] just wanted to ''[[OmnicidalManiac destroy all other life he came across]], [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]].'' [[CosmicHorror Now…]]
** Most of the gods portrayed in the series ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' fit this description perfectly. Almost every god that the main characters encounter, regardless of what mythology they originate from, has an utterly apathetic regard for life in general [[JerkassGods (being gods and all)]] and shows a certain degree of sadism, though some of them ('''especially''' Neptune) are simply bat-shit insane.
** In ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'' [[CreepyChild Tamara's baby]]. It was ''damaged'' by whatever they were exposed to on the journey over, and grew up quickly into a monster, who led humans and then some of the aliens.
* Creator/AEVanVogt's ''Empire of the Atom'' and ''The Wizard of Linn'' has most prominent characters as analogues of Roman history, starting with Clane/Claudius. "Calaj" is the obvious Caligula stand in, the grandson of Lydia/Livia and related to Clane and Tews/Tiberius.
* King Ademar of Gorhaut in Creator/GuyGavrielKay's ''Literature/ASongForArbonne'' has rabid dogs tearing each other to pieces before the throne and maids give him blowjobs right in front of a ''very'' discomfitted court, among many other strange hobbies.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** King Aerys II "The Mad" Targaryen was the worst king that Westeros ever had, and a powerful 300-year old dynasty was overthrown because of his insane actions. Bonus points for [[BodyguardBetrayal being killed by one of his bodyguards]].
** King Joffrey Baratheon's reckless, childish cruelty and love of ordering executions results in a continent-wide civil war. Ironically, if Joffrey's father actually was who he says he was, then Joffrey would be distantly related to Aerys,[[note]]via his supposed father's paternal grandmother being a Targaryen, and ''far'' more indirectly by House Baratheon being an illegitimate cadet branch of House Targaryen, going back to Aegon I's bastard brother Orys[[/note]] but Joffrey was actually fathered by [[BrotherSisterIncest his mother's twin brother]] and his grandparents were KissingCousins, so this streak of insanity, [[NotMeThisTime for once]], has nothing to do with being related to the Targaryens. Thankfully, his siblings Tommen and Myrcella have shown no signs of following his path despite identical lineage.
** Indeed, [[RoyallyScrewedUp the whole Targaryen dynasty]] had this trope going on multiple times along the way, to the point that a saying went that when Targaryens were born the gods flipped a coin: half of them were either good or competent rulers and the other half were Caligulas, with Aerys merely being the one who took it too far. Of Aerys' children, his son Rhaegar and daughter Daenerys are of questionable sanity, while his other son Viserys was the next Caligula-to-be. The dynastic tradition of BrotherSisterIncest might have had something to do with this, to the point that Daenerys' great-grandfather (who married a non-Targaryen) intended to end this practice and was quite displeased when his children copied his MarryForLove decision but married ''each other'' and then forced their own children, the aforementioned Aerys and Rhaella, into this themselves.
** There is [[TheParanoiac Cersei]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen as Queen Regent]], as well. Not as bad as her son though, not like that's particularly hard.
** He's not the king, but Robert Arryn, a six-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like being thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor...although it seems that Littlefinger has made him ''less'' of a brat, teaching him to respect his inferiors at least a ''little'' bit.
* The Queen of Hearts in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', arguably. Adaptations have played it up even more.
* The Crackling Prince in Creator/WalterJonWilliams' ''{{Literature/Aristoi}}'' seems to qualify, although he never appears and is referred to only in discussing the past. He planned on "artistically" reconfiguring planetary landscapes with gravity generators -- with the people still living on them and expected to be grateful. Understandably "a commission had been formed in Perseopolis to examine his behavior", but he was somehow persuaded to retire before the other Aristoi actually did anything.
* ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'':
** The ruling Urga line of Cthol Murgos [[RoyallyScrewedUp all reliably go insane before late middle age]]. Taur Urgas is said to execute people for stepping on his shadow and encourages his sons to kill each other so the strongest one can claim the throne; when the king of Algaria kills him, he turns completely animalistic in his death throes.
** Urgit, his successor in the ''Mallorean'', survived to that point by stealing a key to the treasury and hiring assassins; he's actually sane, if a DeadpanSnarker, but that's because [[spoiler:he's not Taur Urgas's son at all - his mother had an affair with Silk's father, and he was the result. Thankfully for Cthol Murgos, the Urga bloodline has died out.]]
** Urgit does seem a bit unstable at first, though more flippant than bloodthirsty, but that is because he is very well aware of the 'all reliably go insane before late middle age' rule. If you know you'll descend into insanity soon enough, why bother? As soon as he learns ''why'' his mother is so insistent the Urga curse won't affect him, he quickly drops the flippancy and becomes an effective ruler.
* Meet High Lord Kalarus from ''Literature/CodexAlera'': exploited his people for every speck of wealth, perfected [[MindRape discipline collars]], [[CivilWar tried to overthrow the First Lord]] [[WhatAnIdiot by allying with Alera's oldest enemies]], and when that failed, tried to [[LoadBearingBoss take the entire country with him]]. Not a nice guy, and a few ''legionnaires'' short of a cohort.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Queen Taramis' subjects think she's gone mad after her sister Salome, the title witch, [[FakeKing imprisons and replaces her]].
* UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'', though he will try to tell you otherwise.
* Swemmel, king of Unkerlant, in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Darkness}}'' novels, who's really just a FantasyCounterpartCulture equivalent of Joseph Stalin.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' throws a few examples at us:
** There was King Gurnt the Stupid of Lancre, whose attempt at training an aerial attack force of armored ravens [[JustForPun never got off the ground]].
** Duke Felmet, also of Lancre, might have been stable before he gained the throne through regicide, but afterwards he would regularly try to [[OutDamnedSpot remove the blood from his hands]] via sandpaper or cheese grater and be surprised that this only generated more.
** [[LadyMacbeth His wife]] is even worse, being nothing more than a [[CardCarryingVillain card carrying]] SocialDarwinist sociopath.
** Ankh-Morpork has had its share of unbalanced rulers as well, like King Ludwig the Tree, who once issued a royal proclamation on the need to develop a new type of frog and thought up the city motto "Quanti Canicula Ille In Fenestra" (which is [[CanisLatinicus pseudo-Latin]] for "How much is that doggy in the window?"), and King Lorenzo the Kind, who was "very fond of children". King Lorenzo was the last straw; after his execution, Ankh-Morpork became a republic, led by the Patrician -- although actually it was more like the nobles appointed one of their number to wield power. By the time of the books, the Council chooses the Patrician and includes nobles and Guild leaders. Safe to say there is no electing in the modern sense going on. Some of the Patricians [[PresidentEvil weren't much better]]:
** Homicidal Lord Winder turned Ankh-Morpork into a police state out of paranoia.
** The aptly named Psychoneurotic (sometimes merely Mad) Lord Snapcase -- who, in a ShoutOut to [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]], made his horse a councilor. (Although it apparently wasn't a bad one compared to the others: a vase, a heap of sand, and three people who had been beheaded.)
** The Agatean Emperor in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', who is liable to order people tortured to death or rewarded based upon the slightest whim (since no one ever dared to tell him that this is wrong).
* The Harkonnens in Creator/FrankHerbert's ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novel were [[RoyallyScrewedUp a family of Caligulas]]. Gladiatorial death sports, [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunting humans as game]], [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping slaves]], murdering random servants, obscenely expensive luxuries, drug addiction, torture as entertainment--they did it all.
** In [[Literature/PreludeToDune the prequels]], Vladimir Harkonnen's brother (Rabban and Feyd's father) is weird because he ''isn't'' like that.
* UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} is a central character to the novel ''Literature/IClaudius'' by Robert Graves, and he is as insane as you would think.
** He declares himself a god, which he feels justifies [[spoiler: murdering his father and sleeping with his sisters (all 3 of them!)]]
*** Modern historians generally agree that Germanicus was actually poisoned on the orders of Caligula's somewhat less insane great uncle Tiberius, so that he wouldn't become his competitor for the throne ([[DysfunctionJunction Julii-Claudii]] ''[[RoyallyScrewedUp were]]'' [[DeadlyDecadentCourt like that]]), but little Bootsie seems to actually follow his uncle and not his father. Unfortunately for Rome, while Tiberius (probably) was a psychopath and sadist in private life, he was largely [[TheEmperor a shrewd and successful ruler]], Caligula on his part…
** And when he actually becomes emperor... you'd better watch out.
* The "Gentleman With the Thistle-down Hair" from ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' both in his dealings with humans and management of his kingdom in Faerie. Which is, admittedly, [[TheFairFolk pretty common among faeries]].
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} The original one]] is mentioned in Lord Chesterfield's ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. "[[TakeThat A silly tyrant]] said, 'oderint modo timeant'" (letter 164)
** Also, "A tyrant with legions at his command may say, Oderint modo timeant [they shall hate me as long as they fear me]; though he is a fool if he says it, and a greater fool if he thinks it."
* The ''Literature/ProphetsHouse Quintology'' loves this trope, featuring the deranged twenty something dictator Anora, as well as her nephew/husband Anaias (who's even worse).
* King Bull Sparra in ''{{Literature/Redwall}}''.
* In Creator/RaymondEFeist's ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Riftwar]]'' series, King Rodric IV descended into insanity as the Riftwar proceeded. Subverted at the end of his reign, when the blow to his head that eventually killed him also released him from his lunacy sufficiently to allow him to appoint a good successor.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** The Barrayaran Empire had a Mad Emperor Yuri about a generation before the Vorkosigan series starts.
** Prince Serg would certainly have qualified, had he not... [[DeadlyEuphemism conveniently died]]... before succeeding to the throne.
** There is a widely-mentioned historical case where a Count Vortala [[CaligulasHorse did appoint his horse, Midnight, as his heir]], but there is no indication that Vortala was either crazy, or evil. He just did it as a TakeThat to his previous heir, whom he was having an argument with. "If a horse's ass can be a Count, why not the whole horse?"
* Autarch Sulepis of ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' has it all - bizarre behavior, [[EvilOverlord tyrannical style of rule]], unhealthy fondness for [[ColdBloodedTorture recreational inflicting of pain]] and [[AGodAmI designs on godhood]] [[spoiler: which fall spectacularly flat when the god he's trying to enslave proves [[EvilIsNotAToy less than cooperative]].]]
* At least as portrayed in the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series, UsefulNotes/CharlesI of England seems to qualify. The Stuart monarchs in general were firm believers in the divine right of kings; they were also generally pretty feckless as rulers. 1632 Charles has heard what will happen to him and is lashing out at his future enemies. True to form, he's messing it up (he's driven his historical best supporter into working with Cromwell, who's still alive, if on the run). Odds are the English Civil will come early in this world. This makes him a particularly incompetent Caligula.
* ''Literature/{{The 120 Days of Sodom}}'' by the Creator/MarquisDeSade centers around [[AristocratsAreEvil four French aristocrats]] who use their vast wealth and power to have sixteen young teenagers kidnapped. They lock themselves in a secluded castle with those teenagers, their own daughters, four old prostitutes, eight massively endowed men, and the four ugliest old women they can find. Over the next four months, they have the "ultimate in orgies" - they rape, torture, dismember, and murder all but a few of those guests. The [[Film/SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom film adaptation of this story]], which replaces the aristocrats with [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly Italian Fascists]], is widely regarded to be [[NauseaFuel one of the most]] [[{{Squick}} sickening films ever made]].
* This is a concern raised about Maeve in ''Literature/ColdDays''. If her mother Mab is killed, then Maeve will inherit the mantle of Queen of Winter. Harry begins to realize just how bad this would be when he starts learning more about Mab's job: [[spoiler: The Winter Court's army outnumbers that of the Summer Court by a huge margin, and could probably take over all of Faerie if their Queen willed it. However, the vast majority of Winter's troops are stationed at the Outer Gates, where they are constantly holding off a siege by the [[EldritchAbomination Outsiders]]. If the Outsider army ever got in, they'd destroy reality, and Mab isn't crazy enough to sacrifice reality in favor of her own personal goals. Maeve, however, probably is]].
* Mad King Alan II in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' is a good example of this, although his madness tended more towards harmless debauchery. It was only through the malevolent influence of the story's BigBad that he inflicted genuine suffering on the populace.
* Randall Flagg from ''Literature/TheStand'' barely remembers most of his own life, is prone to childish fits of anger, and doesn't even seem to understand his own motivations; he just seems driven by some instinct or outside force to cause as much mayhem and destruction as he possibly can. And he may or may not be [[{{Satan}} the devil]].
* In Barry Hughart's ''[[Literature/BridgeOfBirds The Story of the Stone]]'', the infamous Laughing Prince committed all sorts of horrors on the peasants in his valley, some of them [[ImmortalitySeeker in pursuit of immortality]], [[AxCrazy some just because he was crazy.]] He was named for his cheerful, laughing demeanor and charming little dance step. Li Kao diagnoses him as brain-damaged from repeated consumption of a mercury-laced "elixir of life."
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge: Literature/TheStolenThrone'', the Orlesian usurper Meghren, who is given control of Ferelden by TheEmperor, really ''hates'' being stuck in this "backwater" part of the Orlesian Empire. As such, he forces the Ferelden nobles to go out of their way to please him... and then randomly executes a few just for kicks. He doesn't care about ruling the land and only wants to get back into the Emperor's good graces so that he will be allowed to return to the Orlesian capital.
* ''Literature/{{Julian}}'': Gallus was always a bit of a sociopath, but he goes downhill fast once made Caesar. Libanius comments that much of what he did copied Caligula and Nero, as if he deliberately studied Roman history to find new atrocities to commit.
* Terror the mastiff mix from ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'' cruelly beats up the dogs in his own pack for even the slightest hint of doubt about him and the "Fear Dog". It's soon revealed that the pack will fight for Terror because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong they're scared of him]]. But once [[spoiler:Lick kills him]], a new leader rises in his place: [[spoiler:Twitch]].
* The ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series has [=SiDrakkon=], a lazy and hedonistic dragon never gets off his tailvent unless it's to fight. When he eventually becomes Tyr, his refusal to actually do anything related to leadership brings the Lavadome to the brink of civil war, and the last time we see him [[spoiler: before [=SiMevolant=] assassinates him]], he's in his bath, ranting about how everything that isn't silver is corrupt and impure.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has President Snow, who shares numerous historic parallels with the despised Roman emperor Nero. And also President Coin, who is so bad that [[spoiler:Katniss chooses to assassinate her when she is supposed to kill President Snow]].
* Don Lopez de Meruel, the Dictator of Santa Barbara in ''Literature/{{Odtaa}}''. He's overthrown by a rebellion shortly after he proclaims himself God and announces that henceforth no other religion shall be permitted in Santa Barbara.

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* The Centauri Republic's insane emperor Cartagia from ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]''. He even sets his planet on a path he knows will probably end with it [[spoiler:[[EarthShatteringKaboom blown into little pieces]]]] because he thinks it'll make a fitting ceremony for [[AGodAmI his ascension to godhood]]. [[spoiler: In the end, soon-to-be Prime Minister Londo and his associates assassinate him.]] The sad irony is that Cartagia was believed to be an ineffectual puppet, whom Lord Refa hoped to use as a figurehead for his control over the Republic. At one point, Cartagia shows Londo his secret room, filled with heads of his "enemies" (mostly, those who disagreed with him or just got on his bad side, one is implied because he ''had coughing fits''), which he lovingly maintains and talks to.
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'', Queen UsefulNotes/ElizabethI is an example of this trope PlayedForLaughs.
** King George III gets the same treatment in series III.
** Subverted with King Richard the IV in series I, while very crazy and ''very'' blood-thirsty, he's actually a successful and prosperous king.
* The original series of ''Series/DoctorWho'' portrayed Nero this way in the serial "The Romans."
** BOSS, the BigBad [[AIIsACrapshoot computer]] [[TheManBehindTheMan pulling the strings]] in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E5TheGreenDeath The Green Death]]'', is definitely more than a little bit loony.
** The new series' Master, who under the alias of Harold Saxon became Prime Minister, despite still being as mad as ever, if not more so.
*** John Simm had actually played UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} in a made-for-TV miniseries in 2004, with [[LargeHam copious amounts of ham]] [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=john+simm+caligula&aq=f (oh yes)]]. Later, Simm has been quoted as saying that Caligula was just a dress rehearsal for the Master, and that he partially based his performance on Caligula.
** The Doctor indulges in some SuperDickery by pretending to be this in "Invasion of Time", feigning power-madness and bullying his underlings into feeding him jelly babies.
** Luke Rattigan in "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky", who in addition to being an InsufferableGenius, is quickly revealed to be TheQuisling conspiring with the Sontarans to wipe out humanity, with the sole exception of himself and a few chosen intellectuals who will serve as breeding stock as they colonise the planet "Castor 36", aka "Earth.2" or "[[{{Egopolis}} Rattigan's World]]". [[spoiler: His ultimate HeelFaceTurn only comes after the Sontarans reveal that they had no intention of honouring the deal and the planet itself never existed, leading him to teleport up to the ship with a bomb [[TakingYouWithMe simply to spite them]]]].
---> '''The Doctor''': It's been a ''long'' time since anyone's said "No" to you, isn't it?
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has several, including the trope namer himself.
* Monica Mancuso on ''Series/LasVegas''. The Montecito's other owners have ranged from reasonable (Gavin Brunson) to friendly (Casey Manning) to aloof but thoughtful (AJ Cooper), but Mancuso gradually devolved into outright megalomania during her stay.
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin 1998}}'' series, King Uther became this shortly before his death.
* UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} himself, as magnificently depicted by Ralph Bates in ''Series/TheCaesars'' (1968) and Creator/JohnHurt in ''Series/IClaudius'' (1976). (See also BrotherSisterIncest.)
* Creator/PeterFalk plays a thinly-disguised {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/FidelCastro in an episode of the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' that revolts against the previous ruler. Once in power, he becomes insanely paranoid and orders the executions of all of his former allies because he thinks they want to assassinate him. He finally flips out completely and commits suicide.
* ''[[Series/WonderWoman Wonder Woman TV series]]'': Marion Mariposa, from episode “Screaming javelins” is wildly irrational, violently moody, very intolerant of being told anything he doesn't want to hear, and [[IControlMyMinionsThrough in control of a micronation, submarines and his mercenaries]]. He infiltrates the US by sky diving, kidnaps Olympic athletes in an attempt to gain popularity for his own micronation, [[{{Egopolis}} Mariposalia]], and his ArchEnemy is not WonderWoman, but IADC agent [[SecretIdentity Diana Prince]]
* ''{{Series/Wiseguy}}'''s Mel Profitt is a billionaire ArmsDealer and drug smuggler who suffers from bipolar disorder and ''severe'' paranoia. He's given to sudden manias (in one episode, he forces the protagonist to join him for batting practice at 3 o'clock in the morning so he can rant about his plans to buy an MLB franchise) and weird obsessions (he believes that everyone from Virginia is either a CIA or FBI agent, and has had people killed on that basis in the past). In the end, he completely self-destructs when he convinces himself that a Caribbean strongman he's in business with has put a voodoo hex on him.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', the episode "Lifeboat" has Daniel accidentally end up [[SharingABody sharing his body]] with multiple consciousnesses from a crashed ship. One of them is their ruling Sovereign, who ''[[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem definitely]]'' comes across as one of these.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** King Joffrey is an inbred sadist and an idiot who quickly shapes up into this after taking the throne and publicly murders babies and tortures/kills prostitutes and then wonders why everyone hates him in spite of being their king. The notion that people don't automatically love him is completely alien to him. He is also responsible for a civil war because he wanted to see Ned Stark's head cut off. He also [[http://hehasawifeyouknow.tumblr.com/image/49445118939 looks uncannily like the Mad Emperor himself]]. One of his lines from the Season 3 finale is rather telling:
--->'''Joffrey''': I am the King! ''Everyone'' is mine to torment!
** He's not the king, but Robin Arryn[[note]]a renamed Robert Arryn[[/note]], a [[AgeLift twelve-year-old]] who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like be thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor... [[spoiler: Though, with Littlefinger being executed at the end of Season 7, there's a chance he can get better.]]
** A certain saying claimed that upon the birth of a Targaryen the gods flip a coin, with Aerys II and Viserys[[note]]technically Viserys III[[/note]] being father-son examples of the proverbial coin landing on the side that isn't "''greatness''". Thankfully, Viserys' exile after his father's death limited the extent to which he could embody this trope, while Aerys II was very much this - he was known as "The Mad King" and apparently had a penchant for killing people in nasty ways.
** Karl Tanner's reign at Craster's Keep involves a great deal of violence and debauchery.
* ''Series/BarbariansRising'' doesn't feature Caligula himself, but it does have Valentinian III during the Attila/Geiseric segment. He's incompetent as a ruler but still wants to rule, and as a result is paranoid that ''everyone'' is plotting to usurp him since they keep going behind his back (mostly to protect Rome, but his sister is just power-hungry and is manipulated by Geiseric). [[spoiler:This leads to him murdering General Aetius after Aetius defeats Attila and then having his mother, the actual mastermind in the family, executed. He's assassinated afterwards by troops loyal to Aetius, but the damage is done.]]

* An early Music/JudasPriest song "Tyrant" (a speed-metal song from 1976, [[UrExample making it possibly the oldest speed-metal song]] ''[[UrExample ever]]''), has as its VillainProtagonist a ruler who tortures and massacres ''everyone'' in his kingdom - [[BadBoss including his own minions]] - [[ForTheEvulz just to satisfy his thirst for carnage]]. And he ''[[CardCarryingVillain brags]]'' about it!
--> ''I listen not to sympathy''\\
''Whilst ruler of this land''\\
''Withdraw your feeble aches and moans''\\
''Or suffer smite from this, my hand!''
* "The Black Widow" by Music/AliceCooper describes a Caligula-esque figure, right down to having a cult of personality and implied sexual deviancy.
* In the "[[Franchise/EvilliousChronicles Story of Evil]]" by Music/{{mothy}}, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Rilianne]] is initially depicted as this: she revels in luxury while her subjects are starving, and when the man she loves falls for a green-haired girl, she [[MurderTheHypotenuse orders the death of all girls with green hair]]. Later songs and [[LightNovel/ClotureOfYellow the novel]] make her a bit more morally nuanced: her selfish behaviour is largely caused by her acceding to the throne as an immature teenager, her murder of the green-haired women was because she was insane with jealousy, and she sincerely loves her twin brother [[spoiler:who lets himself be executed in her place when she is deposed]].

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert, who is usually TheBarnum, gets like this whenever he gains any sort of personal power, making decisions purely ForTheEvulz. For example, his most lasting contribution from his several turns as CEO of [[IncompetenceInc Dilbert's company]] was hiring [[CatsAreMean Catbert:]] [[CardCarryingVillain Evil Director of Human Resources]], who was retained simply because his FauxAffablyEvil attitude toward employees amused Dogbert.
* Guard Duck from ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. During his brief reign as Mayor he used the city's funds to get revenge on his "enemies list", built a giant statue of himself, and saw ''All the President's Men'' as an instruction book on how to run the city.

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* Wrestling/VinceMcMahon has been portrayed as the ultimate Caligula in Professional Wrestling. Like the [[CatchPhrase phrase ]] "Don't Cross The Boss". If you do, you might be forced into a handicap match with the WrestlingMonster and or PowerStable of the week, have to join Vince [=McMahon=]'s 'Kiss My Ass' club or simply be told that "'''''You're fired!!!!'''''"
* Wrestling/EricBischoff was Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s Caligula, was Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s Caligula when [=McMahon=] chose to step out of the spotlight, and then Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Caligula during the Immortal angle.
* Triple H during the [=McMahon=]-Helmsley era, later during the Evolution era, and yet again with the Authority.
* Cross Wrestling/VickieGuerrero and you can kiss both your dignity and your balls goodbye. -->'''''Excuse me!!!'''''
* There is a new Caligula in town; his name is Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis.[[note]][[OverlyLongGag Executive Vice President of Talent and Permanent General Manager of Raw and Smackdown.]][[/note]]
* Wrestling/AJLee had been thoroughly driven out of her mind by [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], so Vince [=McMahon=] decided to give her a stint as Raw's general manager, likely because he thought it would be funny or something. But TV Tropes wants you to know it never called her crazy because it would rather not wrestle Kane.
** AJ might not belong here because, whatever else you could say about her - that she's rude, annoying, manipulative, and not mentally fit to run a hot dog stand - it's a stretch to call her "evil." She's still clearly the face in all her altercations with heel characters, if not with fellow face characters, and is more a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]] than anything else. Instead, the Caligula figure here is once again Vince [=McMahon=], who willingly put this will-o'-the-wisp in charge just to boost ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]'' ratings.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Anyone who gets a Terrestrial or Celestial Exaltation will behave this way due to the death-curse from the creator-gods they murdered, but the Solar Exalted take the proverbial cake.
* Aboshan, Cephalid Emperor of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s ''Literature/OdysseyCycle''. Ruler of the ocean; paranoid lunatic.
** Lord Konda, emperor of the greatest nation of [[KamigawaCycle Kamigawa]]. In his mad desire for immortality to rule his kingdom forever, he steals That Which Was Taken, which single-handedly begins the Kami war. The flavor texts of many cards paint a vivid picture of his descent into madness.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is a TabletopGame based solely on being controlled by a Caligula named "[[TheComputerIsYourFriend Friend Computer]]."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' loves this trope. About half the domains are ruled by Caligulas (even if they're not the actual dark lord). Some examples include Othmar Bolshnik, who's on the brink of declaring himself king of a nation that withholds the title of "king" for their mythical religious ruler; Ivan Dilisnya, a paranoid opera fanatic who sends suspected enemies, actors who displease him, and anyone else he has a problem with to his Play Room; and Vlad Drakov, who seems to be the creators' attempt to put UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler and Hitler in a blender and see what comes out.
* The Sorcerer King Abalach-Re in ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' is pretty obviously based on the actual Caligula.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'': Emperor Cleon III, the last known descendant of the Third Imperium's founder, was known for resolving disagreements within his cabinet by shooting the most vocal ones. Within a year he was assassinated by the Imperial Moot, who then codified the "Right of Assassination" in law.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'': in first edition, the Ventrue clan. While it's ''possible'' for other clans to go Caligula, 9 times out of 10 it's a Ventrue. This is because they not only have lordly instincts, but their clan weakness is a tendency to easily pick up Derangements if they fall down the KarmaMeter. So if a Ventrue Prince has to make the hard choices, and is able to rationalize them away, the crazy's going to start to leak through sooner or later...
** The Ventrue have ''dozens'' of bloodlines, all based on this concept. Just want to be a crazy? Try the Malkovians. Creepy obsessive shut-ins? Malocusians. Sadistic gluttons? Macellarius. Ventrue supremacists with overhanging racist/nativist tendencies? Deucalion. Crazed worshipers of divine architecture? The Architects of the Monolith. In fact, in a possible creation myth explained in ''Mythologies'', Caligula was, in fact, the first Gangrel. UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar was the first Ventrue. [[BlatantLies Bullshit, yes,]] [[spoiler:but a very clever LampshadeHanging about the Julii clan]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** More than a few planetary lords probably fit into this category, but special mention must be made of High Lord Goge Vandire, who in the 36th millennium managed to take control of both the [[TheEmpire Imperium's]] [[TheGovernment Administratum]] and [[ChurchMilitant Ecclesiarchy]][[note]]by means of first installing an incompetent and weak minded Ecclesiarch and then having him executed for being incompetent and weak willed before declaring himself [[HighPriest Ecclesiarch]][[/note]], beginning the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Reign of Blood]]. Vandire was notoriously paranoid and ordered the deaths of millions and the destruction of entire worlds due to real or imagined plots against him. He eventually developed a phobia of light and took to wandering the darkened corridors of the Imperial Palace while muttering to himself, and was ultimately killed by his [[AmazonBrigade all-female cadre of bodyguards]] to end the devastating civil war. In the four thousand years since then, the Imperium has all but destroyed itself waging penitent crusades to atone.
** The Daemon Prince Fulgrim went from being the most cultured Primarch to an unspeakably cruel and selfish tyrant. His excesses triggered a war with other Chaos Marines which shattered his legion into a few warbands.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the Silver Fangs, the "ruling tribe" of werewolves. Their tribal weakness is a tendency towards mental illness, a trait that has been ascribed to everything from a punishment laid down by Luna to inbreeding with the royal houses of Europe.
** Black Tooth, a Simba (werelion) king among the Bastet, was a brutal ruler who waged a genocidal campaign against the Ajaba (werehyenas).
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': At least one member of each of the Great Houses has played this role.
** The most infamous of them all is Stefan Amaris of House Amaris, who instigated the Amaris Coup and brought an end to the Star League. Most members of the Houses are known for being paranoid, sadistic and power hungry, and Stefan is the universe's equivalent of Hitler. His entire House was executed for his treason.
** Romano Liao was known for her bloody purges and assassinations out of spite. Which caused much resentment and plots to kill her from within the House, even her son Sun-Tzu had a plan in progress when she was killed by her sister Candace Allard-Liao in reprisal for the assassination of her husband.
* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has Grand Admiral of Jupiter Sebastian Alexander Leopold von Hapsburg I, the mouthpiece of the Europans. The Grand Admiral keeps a harem of kidnapped woman of all races and species, indulges his every whim and constantly threatens Earth from Demarcation Point 1.


* And in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', Malcolm describes himself as this to Macduff. Specifically, he claims that his appetites for wealth and women are insatiable, and he would dedicate all the blood and treasure of Scotland to satisfying his carnal, venal, and pointless urges. This is all a ruse; he is making these claims because he suspects Macduff is an agent of Macbeth, in which case Macduff would continue in his stated goal of bringing Malcolm back to Scotland to take the throne. As Macduff is a true loyal Scot, he is instead demoralized by Malcolm's revelations, at which point Malcolm reveals the truth and they form an alliance.
** Macbeth himself, on the other hand, plays this much more straight. Visions, paranoia, and murder are all par for the course for him.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/RichardIII''. Starts out a gleeful villain and ends completely insane.

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* [[spoiler: Wheatley]] from ''VideoGame/Portal2'' becomes DrunkWithPower after [[spoiler: taking over [=GLaDOS=]'s body. [[BalefulPolymorph He stuffs [=GLaDOS=]'s consciousness]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext in a potato]] and punches both her and [[PlayerCharacter Chell]] down an elevator shaft, into Old Aperture]]. When they return to [[spoiler: the top layer of the facility, Wheatley explains that he ''has'' to perform tests, as when he does, he gets [[ImmodestOrgasm a feeling of extreme euphoria]], and if he doesn't, he gets an "itch" that slowly becomes unbearable. As a result of this itch, he gains a HairTriggerTemper and a complete disregard for Chell's wellbeing. Combine that with his complete disregard for the nuclear core which'll ''melt down'' if it doesn't get vented properly, and he's probably the most dangerous villain of both games.]]
-->'''[[spoiler: Wheatley]]:''' So you're gonna test. And I'm gonna watch. And everything is gonna be just... ''fi-''\\
'''Announcer:''' Warning. Core overheating. Nuclear meltdown imminent.\\
'''[[spoiler: Wheatley]]:''' '''''[[BigShutUp SHUT UP!!]]'''''\\
'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Understatement I think we're in trouble... ]]
* Vath from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds''. He enslaved the dwarves, making them work without food, water, or even weapons. He's a lousy dictator, believing that their weakness and hunger was fine with him and not even caring if they starve to death as long as they forge enough Chaos Gemeralds for him to use to hatch the Rock Roc.
-->'''Vath''': Dwarves are a hearty breed. That is why I allowed them to live as my slaves. If a few die then we are just pruning the weak branches from the strong tree.
* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'', Majd Addin is the TokenEvilTeammate of the Templars, since while the rest are {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, the better world they are striving for means nothing to him, only the rush of power and the kill. Probably best described by himself when confronted about his misdeeds:
-->"I killed them because I could. Because it was fun! Do you know what it feels like to determine another man's fate? And did you see the way the people cheered? The way they feared me? I was like a god!"
* The cast of ''VideoGame/BloodStorm'' is nearly completely composed of megalomaniacs, all of them fighting to become the High Emperor and thus be ''true'' Caligulas. Take your pick: the pyromaniac warlord, the ice-blooded king with a superiority complex, a HiveMind that tortures people for fun, an Amazon hoping to eliminate the entire male gender, the radioactive mutant that intrudes on the contest, the vengeance-obsessed cyborg smuggler, or the spoiled princess[[spoiler:/assassin]]. The only ''good'' character enters the contest to get everyone to stop listening to the paranoid nuts and actually start fixing the planet.
* In ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation (by Clive Barker)]], the hedonistic Governor Cassus Vicus was [[EvenEvilHasStandards banished to the very edges of the Roman Empire]] by ''Caligula himself''.
* For examples where the game allows ''you'' to be The Caligula, see ''CruelPlayerCharacterGod''.
* King [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast K. Rool]] from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. It got so bad that apparently his minions deposed him and replaced him with a robot in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'' [[spoiler:Then you find out later that he was controlling the robot anyway...]]
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': dwarf nobles have a tendency to sentence dwarves to "hammerings" (usually fatal, but not always) when their mandates are not met.
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games contain a number of them, usually as antagonists.
** King Zephiel in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Binding Blade]]'' is pretty far off the handle. After all, the most seriously disturbing facial expression in ''Blazing Sword'' is Zephiel's mad gaze at the end of the epilogue...and this is a game whose BigBad has a MadEye with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars nasty scar]] over it. Yeah, he's seriously wacked... and the saddest thing is that [[UsedToBeASweetKid he wasn't always like that]].
** Mad King Ashnard, SocialDarwinist villain of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]''. In order to be crowned king, [[MoralEventHorizon he orchestrated a plague that wiped out a large amount of his country's population]] to get rid of the many nobles who were ahead of him in the line of succession. Notable for attempting to start a worldwide conflict and release a dark god on the world [[ForTheEvulz just because he felt like it]]. After touching an amulet that was established to drive most humans into a mindless killing rage, his personality remained unchanged, the implication being that he couldn't possibly become any worse than he already was. Interestingly enough, he wasn't considered to be a bad ruler by the common people of Daein, largely due to his policy of awarding high-level positions to anyone of sufficient skill.
** Deconstructed massively by ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''[='s=] [[spoiler: King Gangrel]], since [[spoiler: his tyrannical and cruel actions (including his SadisticChoice on Chrom, which will lead Emmeryn to go the HeroicSuicide way ''in front of the Ylissean and Plegian armies'' cause his soldiers to defect ''en masse'', and by the time he's fought he is pretty much on his own]]. And later, [[spoiler: after he's recruited through Spot-Pass, we learn [[DarkAndTroubledPast what made Grangrel such an ass]], as well as [[TheAtoner how deeply he regrets it]].]]
** Garon of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' wasn't always like this, but is said to have StoppedCaring after he saw his [[MarryThemAll numerous wives]] squabble over the succession to the throne and murder each other and his children. After that he began executing people on the spot for no apparent reason (even in front of [[HarmfulToMinors his youngest daughter]]) kidnapped The Avatar, [[CanonName Kamui/Corrin]], as a baby and raised him or her in near isolation, then when they grew up sent them on multiple [[UriahGambit suicide missions]] and tried to get one of his sons (and the Avatar's adopted sibling) to kill them. The plot of the game is based around his desire to invade the peaceful kingdom of Hoshido and kill their queen due to the troubles in his own country. It's eventually revealed [[spoiler:that the Garon seen during the game is actually his reanimated corpse being controlled by [[BigBad Anankos]], and the real guy was nothing like this.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Kefka! He was already stark raving nuts when he was serving as the Emperor's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. But when he [[spoiler:got hold of the power of the gods and bumped off the Emperor, [[MonsterClown he]] [[NietzscheWannabe got]] [[AGodAmI even]] ''[[OmnicidalManiac worse]].'']]
* ''Franchise/{{Mortal Kombat}}'''s Shao Kahn. He cares about nothing but holding absolute power, driven by an ambition based solely on ego and a lust for conquest and power. He even promoted infighting and competition amongst his minions in a "divide and rule" policy to the point where the Centaur and Shokan races went to war with one another to curry his favor (and thus gain more power), and as long as he holds absolute power he doesn't really care about laws beyond "what Shao Kahn feels like" and how his people live their day to day lives, though it tends to be pretty miserable, desperate and violent thanks to how sadistic and brutish he is.
** Come ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' he is replaced by Mileena Khanum, who claims she's Shao Kahn's heir [[spoiler: after his death]]. This is dubious as she's a [[CloningBlues clone]] of his adopted daughter, and it gets worse from there. She continues Shao Kahn's militarization, came this close to having half the Outworld characters executed, and refused to ally with Earthrealm when Netherrealm (which is literally Hell) started making moves against both. She was eventually deposed by Kotal Kahn, and while Kotal [[ConflictBall has problems]] his main focus is rebuilding Outworld after years of Shao and Mileena's neglect.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Covenant Prophets tend to fall in this category, especially the main trio in the original trilogy. The Hierarchs in particular know the whole Covenant thing is a load of crap. They just want to genocide humans because the humans are inheritors of [[{{Precursors}} the Forerunners]], and proof that the Forerunners were physical beings and thus proof that their religion is all lies. Truth really stands out, as by the end he's clearly a complete psychopath. The [[WordOfGod canon]] scientific name for the Prophet species is Latin for "Worms of Treachery." Also, what the main three Prophets are [[MeaningfulName Prophets ''of'']]:
** The Prophet of Truth is a blackmailer. He blackmailed the other two into take power alongside him, and blackmailed his way into power in the first place. He's also a ConsummateLiar and a total psychopath. He's more than competent at politics, as he makes a few pretty bad calls military wise which, as Rtas' Vadum points out; completely screws over the fleet's opportunity to thwart the Chief's assassination of Regret [[spoiler:because he always disliked Regret and uses the assassination to gain more power]].
** The Prophet of Regret is hot-headed, stubborn, and impetuous; the only thing he ''ever'' regrets is being blackmailed by the Prophet of Truth.
** The Prophet of Mercy is a merciless fanatic who himself [[spoiler:ends up being shown no mercy by Truth]].
* King Bohan in ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' is a particularly [[LargeHam Hammy]] example.
* In the [[AllThereInTheManual back story]] to the ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' series of RTS games, the [[TheEmpire Taiidani Empire]] fell under the control of a particularly... 'unstable' ruler, who then proceeded to compound the problem by massacring all his rivals and decreeing that all future Emperors would be clones of him. The insane policies 'he' carries out during the course of the game lead to the empire [[LaResistance being overthrown]] after the [[BackFromTheBrink insanely efficient]] Hiigaran fleet kills 'him'.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': The first game's BigBad who made a recurrence in Zero 3, [[spoiler:Copy-X]], was intended to be a hero for Neo Arcadia [[spoiler:in place of X]] and is esteemed as such by the humans for making Neo Arcadia a paradise, [[spoiler:who believe that he '''is''' the original X]]. It's a shame that in order to do that, he decided the easiest thing to do was to genocide reploids on even the flimsiest excuses for being Mavericks in order to conserve energy and resources.
** Also, in the same series, we have Dr. Weil (the BiggerBad of the entire series) in Zero 3 and 4, known in history for starting the Elf War, which resulted in the annihilation of a large percentage of humans and reploids and the creation of the CrapsackWorld the series takes place in, and he's incredibly [[AxCrazy insane]]. This resulted in him being sentenced to exile in the wastelands he created in an undying mechanical body. Once he succeeded the Neo Arcadia throne [[spoiler: after sabotaging Copy X Mk. II and blaming it on Zero]], he started to oppress both Reploids and humans because he believed they deserved to be punished for banishing him out into the world he created. It got so bad that in Zero 4, some human refugees (who were brave enough) fled from Neo Arcadia to get away from him, and Weil retaliated by attempting to destroy Area Zero, - the only other habitable place left on Earth - forcing all humans to live under his oppression. [[spoiler: Even his [[TheDragon Dragon]], Craft, realized how insane he was that he fired [[KillSat Ragnarok]] on Neo Arcadia in a (failed) attempt to kill Weil.]]
* [[spoiler: Porky Minch]] from ''VideoGame/MOTHER3''. He passes himself off as a great hero, despite corrupting the once vibrant world into an industrial wasteland, and using anything and anyone he can get his hands on as his personal playthings. At the end, he reveals his plans to awaken the Dark Dragon and destroy what is left of civilization, all for a quick laugh.
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'''s King Victor was by all accounts pretty bad, to the point that his son [[spoiler:and his brother]] actively rebelled against him, but he has ''nothing'' on the stuff [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his second wife]] pulled once she gained the throne. Queen Protea managed in only a few years to turn the country into a police state where dead bodies littering the alleys are a common sight and half the population is starving to death, while she spends her time lounging around the palace and ogling choir boys. Then, when LaResistance gets uppity, she [[spoiler:''has the entire city lit on fire'']].
* Anybody who has ever played ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' for more than five minutes knows that [[TheEvilPrince Prince Luca Blight]] may even dwarf [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula himself]] in the AxCrazy psycho department. This is a man who [[MoralEventHorizon had his country's equivalent of the Boy Scouts murdered to restart a pointless war]], and when burning entire towns to the ground [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]], would round up, torture, and slaughter every single villager one by one ''personally'' while [[EvilLaugh laughing merrily]] with a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] [[SlasherSmile smile on his face]]. Deconstructed when [[spoiler:shortly after he becomes the king, his own subordinates help the heroes ambush him as they know that he is too insane to be trusted with so much power.]]
---> '''Luca:''' ''Do you want to live so badly!?!?!?''
---> '''Villager:''' ''Y-yes! I'll do anything!''
---> '''Luca:''' ''In that case, act like a pig.''
---> '''Villager:''' ''Huh?''
---> '''Luca:''' ''I said ACT LIKE A PIG!!!''
---> '''Villager:''' ''Y-yes! All right! *on four, making pig noises*''
---> '''Luca:''' ''[[EvilLaugh Hoo hoo hoo ha ha ha!!]] This is so fun...''
---> '''Villager:''' ''So does that mean...''
---> '''Luca:''' '''''DIE, PIG!!!!!!!''''' *slashes villager to death*
* [[BigBad King]] [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser]] from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' comes off this way in the [=RPGs=]. But he's [[AFatherToHisMen not this way]] in other games.
** King Croacus in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. Justified that [[spoiler:he was driven insane by poisoning.]]
* General Sharpclaw in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''.
* Yggdrasil in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Because [[spoiler: his sister was killed, he's striving for an age of lifeless beings, thus misinterpreting his sister's wish of a world freed of discrimination and tyrannizing the world. Even when his own sister - temporarily resurrected - tells him how wrong his plans are, he refuses to listen, thinking she's rejecting him, and simply goes [[AxCrazy crazy.]]]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** An example from the series' backstory is Reman Cyrodiil, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Second Tamriellic Empire. [[AChildShallLeadThem Coronated as a child]], history records Reman as a scary, at times psychotic, and violently decadent ruler. How decadent? He made Sanguine, [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[FunPersonified Debauchery]] and [[TheHedonist Hedonism]], so uncomfortable ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards that he left Reman]]''. However, unlike many examples of the trope, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Reman was also an incredibly skilled and successful leader]]. Starting as something of a ChildProdigy, Reman first reunited the two halves of Cyrodiil (Colovia and Nibenay), and then the other kingdoms of Men (High Rock and Skyrim). Later, he successfully defeated the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders and absorbed the survivors into his [[RisingEmpire fledgling proto-empire]], where they would serve him as [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards a foreign]] PraetorianGuard. Though Imperial dogma [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade typically leaves out or whitewashes his negative traits]], he is (justifiably) remembered as one of the greatest rulers in Cyrodiilic history.
** Another backstory example is Emperor Pelagius the Mad. Born Thoriz Pelagius Septim, he briefly ruled the Third Tamriellic Empire from 3E 145 to 3E 153. Infamous for his eccentricities, he certainly lived up to his nickname. He suffered from extreme weight and [[MoodSwinger mood]] fluctuations, and tried to hang himself at the end of a royal ball. He insisted on his palace always being [[NeatFreak kept clean]] and (perhaps apocryphally) was said to defecate on the floors to keep his servants busy. He would only communicate with the [[LizardFolk Argonian]] ambassador in grunts and squeaks, believing it to be the Argonian language. He'd frequently strip naked in public and, toward the end of his life, would attack and bite visitors. After his madness became too publicly apparent, he was declared unfit to rule and his wife by arranged marriage, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri]] former Duchess of Vvardenfell, Katariah, took over as [[RegentForLife Empress Regent]]. (The only non-human to rule the Third Empire.) Pelagius was institutionalized and died only a few years later, but his legacy as the Mad Emperor lives on.
** This also applies to Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]]. Though not nearly as dangerous or unpredictable as other Caligulas, Sheogorath does have his eccentricities, and being a ''god'', his rare bouts of violence are all the more ''[[AxeCrazy dangerous]]''. As a sampling of his actions throughout the series, he has [[ColonyDrop thrown a rogue moon at a city]], caused burning dogs fall from the sky, gone on a rant about cheese while briefing his champion on a mission, has had people killed for growing facial hair, and has had mortals killed/maimed/psychologically tortured to win bets against the other Daedric Princes.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion heavily features Sheogorath, with it taking place in his eponymous [[EldritchLocation Daedric]] [[FisherKingdom realm]]. He acts as the expansion's BigGood, while still alternating randomly between being happy and violently threatening. [[spoiler:He is also revealed to have a LiteralSplitPersonality, with his other half being the expansion's ''BigBad'']]. As part of saving his realm, he [[spoiler:passes the [[AGodIsYou mantle of Sheogorath]] onto the [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]]]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', it's shown that Pelagius' mind is the vacation spot of Sheogorath. When the player stumbles upon it, Sheogorath ([[spoiler:strongly implied to be the player character from ''Oblivion'']] actually [[PetTheDog tasks you with curing Pelagius' madness]] by [[EnemyWithin strengthening his self-confidence]], [[YourWorstNightmare ridding his night terrors]], and [[EvilMatriarch conquering his fear of his mother]].
* Zant from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' plays this trope to a T. [[spoiler: After forcing Midna into exile, he proclaimed himself the new ruler of the Twili, only to be soundly rejected by them. Being the power hungry man that he is, he didn't take it well, and turned to Ganondorf in order to enslave his own people against their will]].
* ''VideoGame/VivaCaligula'' from the Adult Swim web site is built around being a crazy tyrant and killing everyone you meet in creatively horrible ways.
* Lord Dimwit Flathead, the most well-known (and infamous) ruler of the Great Underground Empire in the ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' series, was particularly known for his excess - a coronation ceremony that took thirteen years to organize and carry out, the 3000-gated Flood Control Dam #3 (which served absolutely no purpose whatsoever), the creation of a subterranean desert mountain in a cave below his castle, and a 98% tax rate (and on the day of his death he proposed to adopt all his subjects and cut off their allowance to raise taxes to 100%) instituted to pay for such grand civic works. His last work was to be the creation of a new continent shaped in his likeness. Fortunately for mapmakers, he died before the project could be started.
** With the possible exception of Wurb, the last Flathead king, Dimwit's successors were arguably worse. They kept the 98% tax rate, but rather than spending it on massive construction projects, [[TheHedonist they spent it on extravagant parties and long vacations for the royal family]].
* King Leoric of Khanduras from the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series was once a just and noble king, but was driven mad by Diablo's attempt to take him over. When his EvilChancellor, Archbishop Lazarus, kidnapped his youngest son Albrecht to be made a vessel for Diablo, Leoric lost it completely and fell into this trope's territory, having many people tortured and executed, up to and including his own queen, out of paranoia, an event that would come to be known in Tristram as "the Darkening." Leoric was slain by the captain of his army, Lachdanan, who could no longer bear to see his people suffer under his liege's madness. Unfortunately for Lachdanan, his knights, and Tristram, [[TheUndead the story did not end there]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
** It's mentioned that the Grey Wardens were originally exiled from Ferelden after a failed coup lead by Warden-Commander Sophia Dryden against King Arland, when the other nobles begged her to depose him for being completely out of his mind. Avernus mentions having attended a feast where Arland nonchalantly presented the Teyrn of Highever's head on a platter, as a warning to the other rebellious nobles.
** During the Arl of Redcliffe questline, Connor Guerrin has shades of this, due to being under [[DemonicPossession the influence]] of a Desire Demon.
** Vaughn Kendalls from the City Elf origin. A brutish, unrepentant rapist and murder, who's allowed to get away with terrorising the Elves in Denerim due to being the son of the local Arl. That is, until the City Elf [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge finally has enough]].
* General Mikiel of both the 1989 and 2014 ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'', the leader of the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp still-Communist]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Kazakhstan}} Kazakh Federation]], though only a PuppetKing to his lord, [[GalacticConqueror Grandmaster Meio]]. In the classic game he's such an opressive and corrupt dictator that his reckless government has not only left the country in economic ruin, but pushed the populace to rise against him in the form of a ressistance army that plunged Eurasia into civil war. In fact, all this mismanagement is [[NiceJobFixingItVillain what made the Striders give Hiryu the mission to eliminate Grandmaster Meio in the first place.]]
** In the 2014 retelling he's even worse: now he's constantly speaking over the city's speakers to remind citizens of the punishment for crimes such as rebelling against Meio, fiddling with technology, breaking curfew, even ''disembarking slowly from the subway''. Most notably, he spent a huge sum of money and resources in building a giant CoolTank that's AwesomeButImpractical, since no one ''except himself'' can actually drive it. And why he build it? Because he wanted one for ''his collection of weaponry''.
* Emperor Vorios the False, AKA the Mad Emperor from ''VideoGame/WildStar''. Managed to drive this universe's version of Rome into the toilet--and the Dominion was complete with unstoppable military force, wide-reaching territory, and almost infinite resources!
* King Oswald Thorn of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' is more commonly known as "Mad King Thorn". As the second-born he was not expected to inherit, but did so anyway by murdering first his brother and then his father. Drought and high taxes left the people impoverished and on the verge of starvation while Thorn hosted sumptuous feasts for his courtiers. He fed people to animals for his own amusement, chopped off both hands of anyone suspected of theft, executed anyone who spoke against him, and on at least one occasion had an entire village's population skinned alive. Of his eight wives, he killed at least four personally. Thorn's reign came to an abrupt end when an enraged mob stormed the castle and made ''very'' sure he was dead and would stay that way.
** [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Oswald was fed up with his son]], Bloody Prince Edrick. While Oswald did everything ForTheLulz, Edrick killed for the thrill of murder and lacked the sense of humor which made the Mad King popular as a spirit. Their relationship was tense and only made worse by Edrick's tendencies to commit pointless atrocities at the worst times. Edrick eventually tried to overthrow his father by slaughtering an entire village and laying the blame on Oswald, hoping to rally the peasants to his cause. Oswald found out and had his son sealed in a sarcophagus with the intention of releasing him once he'd learned his lesson, only for the mob riled up by Edrick to storm the castle. Oswald left Edrick sealed away and had all references to his name erased from the library as a final insult.
* Count Waltz from Forte of ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' is a power-hungry maniac who kills his own citizens by having them drink mineral power to gain magic powers and turn them into soldiers. His ambition is to conquer neighboring country Baroque and eventually gain limitless power.
-->With enough power, I can make, not only Forte and Baroque, but the whole world bow down before me. Only then will I feel truly alive.
* The player of ''VideoGame/{{Hamurabi}}'' can be comparated to Caligula if he starves enough of his citizens.
* By the events of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', King Radovid, the ruler of Redania, one of the last surviving kings of the Northern Realms [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings since Letho's regicides]], and one of the game's main antagonists, has fallen into something of a rut. He often gibbers unintelligible nonsense about chess, war and murder to himself, and he orders the local CorruptChurch to engage in tortures, pogroms and executions of mages within his kingdom. At the start of his reign, Novigrad was a prosperous city with 200 known magic users residing inside it's walls, but [[spoiler:this number gets reduced to only about 30 survivors who manage to hide in Triss' UndergroundRailroad and eventually flee on a boat to Kovir with the help of Geralt]]. [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] in that outside his murderous psychosis, [[BunnyEarsLawyer he's quite a skilled strategist and politician]], able to unite the North under him and beat the Nilfgaardian empire to a standstill [[spoiler:and eventually win the war if he isn't assassinated]] - this is TruthInTelevision as many insane individuals have occasional periods of mental stability among outbreaks of irrationality.
* Pagan Min of ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a former Triad drug lord who took over the kingdom of Kyrat and declared himself ruler of it, and it rapidly becomes clear that he is ''not'' a good ruler. Among his many atrocities and war crimes he arbitrarily declared candles illegal and their use punishable by death, kidnapped a celebrity chef and then executed the poor guy after Ajay bails on their dinner at the beginning of the game (apparently thinking the Crab Rangoons not being up to par was the reason he ran off, rather than, you know, Pagan kidnapping him as soon as he entered the country and shooting up his bus) and even once you learn that [[spoiler:he got far worse after the murder of his daughter, Lakshmana]] he himself admits that was just an excuse to keep doing what he wanted.
-->'''Pagan:''' Yes, yes, I murdered countless innocents. Yes, I outlawed religion. Yes, I changed the currency so that everyone’s savings were meaningless and yes, I may have gone through a period of bathing in yak’s blood and slamming rails of coke. But I’m reformed now! Look at me! Getting this country back on its feet again. Top shape, Ajay. ''(sound of Pagan snorting a line of coke)'' Top shape.
* Fittingly given it's name, ''VideoGame/{{Caligula}}'' focuses on various characters and the concept of the "Caligula Effect", a term that can be used to describe when one has a higher desire for something they’re not allowed to have. For example, wanting to see something more because they’re not allowed to watch, wanting to do something more because they’re not allowed to do it.
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': Aiden wants to be this in Episode 5, by hurling spawn eggs everywhere and ordering people around. [[spoiler: Jesse puts a rather prompt end to this charade.]]

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* Gilgamesh in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. [[ItsAllAboutMe So]] [[MinorInjuryOverreaction freaking]] [[AGodAmI bad]]. The [[LightNovel/FateZero prequel]] reveals that he's so batshit crazy irresponsible that he might as well be a StarfishAlien as far as Saber is concerned. And as in [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh the original epic]] also royally pissed off his own people when he invoked DroitDuSeigneur on the women of his kingdom, to the point that the Gods answered their prayers in the form of Enkidu, who beat the snot out of him before they eventually became friends.
** Saber's kingdom collapsed because of this popular perception of her. Saber tried to become the perfect king, ruling fairly and without hesitation while mercilessly crushing any enemy, even if it required the sacrifice of some villages. While her most trusted knights believed she was a good king, her apparent [[TheStoic lack of emotion]] and [[NoSympathy compassion]] alienated most of her subjects and resulted in multiple civil wars.
** The spinoff games, ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' feature two others from history, {{UsefulNotes/Nero}} in the former and {{UsefulNotes/Caligula}} himself in the latter. The former is obsessed with being loved by her ([[GenderFlip yes, her]]) subjects and while an AttentionWhore and very arrogant, she apparently intended well and was very popular with the common people but not the nobles. Her uncle Caligula, on the other hand, is stated to have been driven mad by the affections of the Moon in this universe and is implied to be a ReluctantMonster who wants the Grail to cure his insanity.
** LightNovel spinoff ''FateStrangeFake'' adds Richard the Lionheart to the list. Far more interested in playing the hero of a ChivalricRomance than actually being a good king, Richard wound up dragging his kingdom into expensive, bloody, and ultimately pointless wars as a misguided attempt to chase the legend of his idol, King Arthur. Richard himself seems quite aware of this, even admitting that Prince John was entirely justified in his attempted coup against him.
* Makihisa Tohno of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' was the head of a major business but also deeply troubled due to his demonic blood causing bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Every girl in his manor has deep psychological scars from differing forms of abuse while Shiki [[spoiler:is the last survivor of the Nanaya clan, kidnapped and mind-wiped into being a member of the Tohno after Makihisa killed the rest of them and only spared the boy out on a whim because of amusement that he shared a name with his son]].
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'': The BigBad is one, as [[spoiler:[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner Ga'ran]]]] turned the Kingdom of Khura'in into what in essence is a PoliceState, where {{Kangaroo Court}}s are used to imprison and execute defendants and ''their attorneys'', thanks to the Defense Culpability Act. Even Phoenix and Apollo are appalled at the [[MiscarriageOfJustice kingdom's downright corrupt and toxic legal system]], as there were countless false convictions in Khura'in due to the genocide of defense attorneys. In short, many of the attorneys who previously practiced in Khura'in were arrested and executed for aiding their clients, with those still remaining forming an organized rebellion against the BigBad. [[spoiler:Ga'ran]] even ''[[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem rewrites Khura'inese law a few times at]]'' [[spoiler:her]] whim during the final trial to put the defense at a disadvantage, all so that [[spoiler:they'll be executed on the spot for defying her authority. Of course, the Defense Culpability Act is what's keeping Ga'ran in power, and she's the reason why lawyers are regarded as garbage in that country; the law also gives her a blank check to pervert the legal system as she felt with no repercussion, including but not limited to silencing any potential dissenters or political enemies. All because she staged an assassination attempt on the previous queen to frame a renowned lawyer and [[TheUsurper elevate herself]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm as the new queen]] after overthrowing her sister. Because she was the ''de facto'' queen of Khura'in, she was also the ''de facto'' head of the religion of Khura'inism and perverted it into a CorruptChurch. She actually isn't fit to rule the kingdom, as she can't channel spirits unlike her sister. Even her PraetorianGuard [[BodyguardBetrayal turns]] [[MookFaceTurn on]] her once she's revealed to be a PhonyPsychic. In a nutshell, Ga'ran is nothing but a completely insane and paranoid loon who [[BelievingTheirOwnLies slowly deluded herself]] that she was the Holy Mother whom she tried to channel.]]

* King Steve from ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' is a BlackComedy CloudCuckooLander. One of the least dangerous things he has done was betting the office of King in a poker game. He lost the game to a piece of string..."whom" he then assassinated by cutting it in two with scissors when no one else was near.
** [[BlackComedy Babies are what his shoes are made of.]] They tend to rot, however, so he has to get new ones "Fresh daily."
** One if his frequent "elections" simply gave the population the choice of either King Steve as supreme ruler, or to get a sword in the head. 52% of the survey population died.
** Another time, he set up a snow cone stand. This might sound mundane at first, but the Light Warriors noticed something strange about the aforementioned snow-cones, leading to this exchange:
-->'''Black Mage''': What is this?
-->'''King Steve''': It's no cone!
-->'''Thief''': It's a cube.
-->'''King Steve''': Oh, no. That's a common misconception. It's a stube.
-->'''Thief''': A what?
-->'''King Steve''': The seven-sided cube. I invented it.
-->'''Black Mage''': There are only six sides.
-->'''King Steve''': [[InsaneTrollLogic The seventh side is the inside.]]
** He also thinks that he invented inventing, started a war to force pacifism on the elves, and was once told he had news and enthusiastically asked "does it involve '''cupcakes'''?" and decided he didn't care when the answer was no, thinks he designed his castle to be four hundred years old, and apparently knew what a robot version of himself was saying even after the robot exploded. If he isn't a [[TheDitz ditz]] then nobody is. Did we mention that he is unable to tell the difference between his daughter and his BeleagueredAssistant Left-Hand-Man Gary? (In case you were wondering, his right-hand-man is a coffee stain called Rodney.)
* [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Chancellor Valorum]] in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''. The annotation explains that they wanted to make him more interesting than in the movie version, who was bland and boring. Consequently, he becomes a maniac who praises the droid army for overthrowing their human oppressors, urges people to replace their bodies with cyborgs, and demands that all shall [[Film/{{Superman}} "Kneel Before]] [[ActorAllusion Valorum!"]] His getting voted out of office makes a lot more sense now.
** [[spoiler:And he turned out to be '''''General Grievous'''''. It makes so much sense.]]
* Common among the clan leaders in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', doubling as RoyallyScrewedUp in a lot of cases.
** Kharla'ggen Vel'Vlozress is monstrously powerful and extremely insane, and has a hobby of [[AndIMustScream turning living people]] [[LivingDollCollector into living dolls]] and altogether has the mental capacity of a young child and no real sense of morality. Despite this she does get a few PetTheDog moments with her adopted sister, Kiel'ndia (who, despite Kharla being the one who turned her mother into a puppet, seems to get that Kharla doesn't really understand and thus doesn't blame her) and it's suggested that if left alone she wouldn't be so bad. It also says something that Kiel flat out ''panics'' when she realizes that Kharla has been introduced to sex via [[TheCorrupter Khaless]], meaning that dolls and toys likely won't be able to satisfy her any longer and so to quote Kiel "We're all fucked. [[NotHyperbole Literally]]."
** Among the Sharen clan, all of whom could qualify at some level, Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen develops into this over the course of the story. It's not so much that she's crazy like Kharla so much as ''extremely'' brutal, exerting what her own sisters call "maniacal" control over her family to the point that after her sister Sil'lice was exiled she executed members of her own family for sympathizing with her, and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9437 brutally executes one of her own relatives]] after [[YouHaveFailedMe fails her]] for the last time, and he [[ThisIsGonnaSuck knew what was going to happen]]. She also [[spoiler:was part of a plot to kill her own mother, and was the one who sealed the deal by sealing her in her throne room to die, and covered it up by using a BodyDouble for public funtion]] and masterminds the idea of Dari'yako, a PenalColony where commoners are sent, and her use of a [[SlaveMooks slave army]] made of conscripted commoners that turns most of the population against her.
** To quote from [[spoiler:Zhor]], Snadhya'rune is the truly rightful heir to the empire of the entire Drow race, and would be the undisputed ruler were she not completely insane. Her latest plan involves poisoning her enemies with a lethal fungal disease, and evolving the fungus so that the only ones who can survive the disease are tainted. Her ultimate goal is to [[DemonicPossession TAINT]] [[ZombieApocalypse EVERYONE]] [[KillEmAll ALIVE]]. And she uses speech craft and her own insanity to pose this as a good thing, right in front of her entire collection of potential allies, all while using one of her minion's CompellingVoice powers to make everyone KneelBeforeZod apparently [[{{Narcissist}} just for the ego trip]]. It's also strongly implied that she's a legitimate, actual [[TheSociopath sociopath]].
*** And becomes official in the ''clusterfuck'' that is Chapter 46: [[spoiler:At first, she presents herself as peaceful tyrant... but then she gets one order disobeyed and gets stabbed. She proceeds to go apeshit over a flesh wound - she's a hemophobiac, fear of blood - so her first response is to ''[[VillainousBreakdown scream in complete fury]], [[BitchInSheepsClothing racially denounce the lower class]], and [[BerserkerRage murder all the assassins and allies]]'' within a ten yard radius, and might well have leveled her own palace if she hadn't been stopped by Mel. Later, she declares Kalki, ''[[OffingTheOffspring her firstborn daughter]]'', to be a faulty tool and used a magic grenade in her crown to slowly rip her to shreds without batting an eye]]. Yikes.
* Eridan Ampora (aka "[[MeaningfulName caligulasAquarium]]") from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a member of the royal sea-dwelling troll caste. His primary interests revolve around genocide of the land-dwellers and his many failed efforts at romance. He mostly embodies this trope in his blind self-absorption and poor decision making [[spoiler:until his FaceHeelTurn]].
** A better example of this trope, oddly enough, is the Grand Highblood, Gamzee's Ancestor, who brutally terrorizes the other, lower land-dwelling castes through capricious homicide and psychic nightmares in the name of his MonsterClown religion. However, this is characteristic of the Subjugglator caste as a whole and not a one-off thing.
** The biggest Caligula so far is Her Imperious Condescension, who in her home universe spent her time flying to new civilizations and meeting with them peacefully before blasting them to smithereens. And then after her empire is destroyed by The Vast Glub enters into the service of [[BigBad Lord English]] and goes to the B2 Earth, where she goes mad as the result of repeated botched attempts to recreate her old empire "in all its convoluted symbiotic glory." She ends up taking out her frustrations on humankind, by trying to bioengineer them to have troll blood colors and outlawing sex because she finds it {{squick}}y, so by the time Dirk and Roxy are alive 400 years later humanity is extinct.
* ''Webcomic/TheLawOfPurple'': Silver is the king of a planet called Caligula and yes, he's a very bad king.
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' seems to be this with the town he is mayor of. However his citizens don't mind it since [[spoiler:they are already dead]].
* Implied in an ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' strip where two princes have been forced into arranged marriages by their father... with a pig and a withered corpse. One prince comments that there should be a rule that you should be forced to abdicate the throne when you start doing things like that.
* Christian Weston Chandler plays this trope to the hilt as the Mayor of [=CWCville=] in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. He enacts all sorts of bizarre laws that treat smoking as being as heinous as rape and murder, he brutally slaughters anyone who tries to stop him from doing whatever he wants, and his will is enforced by what is essentially a multicolored hedgehog Gestapo who according to WordOfGod enjoy full immunity from the law. His civic policy decisions are equally as insane-in ''[[AnimatedAdaptation Sonichu: The Animated Series]]'', he ordered that the [=CWCville=] waterworks circulate orange soda pop instead of water, which leads to fires continually breaking out all over the city.
* The Baron in ''Webcomic/SpikyHairedDragonWorthlessKnight'' is as much of a Caligula as he can be without pissing off higher-level nobles and fellow barons, which is still a lot, especially to the title character (the knight, not the dragon).
* Stephen in ''Webcomic/TerrorIsland'', who somehow managed to be elected Czar of Geography City, largely wields his power to sentence innocent people to indentured labor at Jame's restaurant and to attempt to force Sid to buy groceries. His successor Blueteen isn't much better, sending people to prison (including ''himself'') for attending parades. Not only that, but the parade was actually only supposed to be for stuntmen. Why? Because he had just solved the problem of Jame's stuntman no longer being bound by law to him for jaywalking by telling Jame to just hire him.
* Apparently, the Heterodyne family of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' tends this way, judging by the utter relief expressed by citizens of Mechanicsburg when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20111130 Agatha shows concern for their safety.]]
-->'''Councillor 1:''' Two minutes, and she hasn't killed ''anyone!''
-->'''Councillor 2:''' A new record!

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Lavidian Scarn, who believes he's inherently better than commoners and the rabble below him and has overseen massacres of innocent people and feels no remorse whatsoever; when Linkara calls him out on it, he thinks those people should have gladly bowed to him instead of resisting. There are just a few of reasons why he's a ''deposed'' king.
* King Jeffrey in ''Literature/DragomirsDiary'' is a moody, capricious, fickle ruler who constantly changes the laws in his castle to suit his bizarre whims. Jeffrey is enough of a jerk that the only visible path into his castle, a bridge called the Neck, has been rigged with a horrifying buzzsaw trap that will cut up anybody he deems dangerous - but because the Neck is constantly clogged with guts, it tends to go off whether Jeffrey wants it to or not. Yet he won't have it removed...
* A milder Caligula appears in v2 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'', Count Marcus Veneto, who even made his horse his war advisor, in a ShoutOut to the TropeNamer. The 'milder' comes from the fact that he's trying to get his act together. It's implied that this change of heart is the result of [[TheMenInBlack Men In Black]] being sent by ''two'' allied [[TheEmpire empires]] to intimidate him into doing so. Suffice to say, that hasn't stopped him from requesting an AmazonBrigade for his personal guard and naming them the [[KillerRabbit Killer Bunny Assassination Squad]].
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' during ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. Once he takes over and gets ahold of power, he uses it solely to entertain himself and threaten the lives of others if they do anything to endanger his hold on it.
* The Pharaoh comes off this way in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. His biggest moment is when he recalls "Slavemas", which is described as like Christmas, but he's the only one who gets presents, and all the presents are slaves. When [[NominalHero Thief King Bakura]] tries to subvert this, the Pharaoh ends up declaring that Slavemas will now be celebrated every day.
* King Harkinian in some of the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Zelda CDI]]'' WebAnimation/{{Website/YouTube Poop}}s, arguably to the point of rivaling canon characters like [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Zant]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora]] in terms of sheer insanity. This is a man who:
** Went on a drunken roadtrip in his new Toyota Hybrid and trashing said car not 24 hours after getting it.
** Got high off of Reese's Pieces.
** Tried to pay an expensive telephone bill by selling Link on eBay.
** Shares an incestuous relationship with his daughter Zelda.
** Makes traitors engage in various, degrading acts in order to receive a pardon, only to laugh at them at the end.
** Freaked out at the possibility of getting killed while aiding Duke Onkled, sending Link to do the job instead.
** Shot Link in the gut when asked if he (Link) could play his (King) UsefulNotes/NintendoWii.
** Responded to one of Link's practical jokes using bazookas (that shot out hamburgers), missiles and a KillSat.
** Lost his shit when Gwonam said there was no dinner left, killing and maiming anyone within a 500 yard radius.
** [[WebAnimation/TheKingsEpicAdventure Went travelling the world in order to convince people to eat his feces.]]
** When he couldn't go to Gamelon 'for the hell of it', spent the rest of the day saying 'Mah boi' over and over again.
* Blog/AskKingSombra presents Sombra as this instead of [[GenericDoomsdayVillain his depiction in the show]]. He's pretty dang nuts. [[spoiler: In fact, most of the occurrences in the blog are simply him hallucinating after his defeat at the hooves of the mane six, which reduced him to a horn (Coffee Talk is trapped with him). Except the the ghost monster. That was actually Luna. His EnemyWithin, however, is pretty much how he was depicted in the show proper.]]
* In the Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', the Lesser Mao is a depraved maniac who takes control of China and turns the country into a giant Pol Pot-style killing field. Imagining himself as the second UsefulNotes/QinShiHuangdi and surrounding himself with the Terracotta Army statues is just the ''start'' of his madness. [[spoiler: When his troops rise up against his lunacy, he obliterates them- and the ''entire Kwangsi region'' - with '''a nuclear bomb''']].
* In another Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, ''Literature/TwilightOfTheRedTsar'', UsefulNotes/JosefStalin survives the stroke that killed him in 1953. [[EvilCripple Confined to a wheel chair]], the man lives to unleash another reign of terror upon Russia, sending many apparatchiks, including loyal followers like [[spoiler: Molotov and Khrushchev]] to torture and death, and turning the Doctor's Plot into a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName pogrom against Russia's Jews]], [[spoiler: and later ethnically cleanses Russia of Baltic and Caucasian people. Just before his death, he obliterates the People's Republic of China in a brutal war, complete with nuclear weapons and poison gas]].
* Yet another Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, ''Literate/AMorePersonalUnion'', has the revolutionary known as Red Tiger, upon installing himself as the Emperor of China. Aside from the [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] he and his followers partake in, his first decree is to start purging all "enemies of the people", which he defines as nobles, bureaucrats, scholars, and ''[[InsaneTrollLogic people who wear shoes]]''. It gets worse from there, with {{Kangaroo Court}}s and torture for said "criminals", starting a side war with Korea [[TheUriahGambit just to kill off his own allies]], and intentionally infecting people with smallpox and unleashing them in areas of the country he doesn't directly control.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has Xergiok and Lemongrab. Xergiok is a sadistic, cruel, jerkass leader who delights in spanking his subjects and intimidating them. Lemongrab is a bit of a more sympathetic example--he isn't evil, but he certainly is inexperienced (at being a ruler, AND at being alive) and has anger issues, which eventually leads to everyone in the candy kingdom being sent to the dungeon.
** Ice King skirts around this as his status as crazy ruler of the ice kingdom started being undercut by his transition to TragicVillain.
** King of Ooo, after he usurped the Candy Kingdom throne from Princess Bubblegum, was this in spades. He [[NeverMyFault always blamed his shortcomings on other people]], made the Banana Guards wear wigs resembling his hair, have Finn and Jake wear clunky, weird-looking armor, and was willing to send his subjects to their deaths in battle against the Cloud Monster.
* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', as expected from a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]], AxCrazy PsychopathicManChild [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] MadeOfEvil. Not only commits carnage and genocide on a regular basis, he is more than willing to welcomes a lot of criminals and gangsters in his BadFuture, a surprisingly disturbing {{dystopia}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Already unstable following the {{Heel Face Turn}}s of [[spoiler: [[EtTuBrute Mai and Ty Lee]]]] at the Boiling Rock, [[spoiler: Princess Azula]] falls quickly into paranoia and fits of rage after Ozai [[spoiler: promotes her to Fire Lord]], banishing servants and guardsmen from the country in droves and hallucinating about [[spoiler:her MissingMom, Princess Ursa]].
** It doesn't help that [[spoiler: [[EvilOverlord Ozai]] made himself the [[AGodAmI Phoenix King]] when he crowned Azula, effectively making her position as Fire Lord meaningless. So while she would rule the Fire Nation, Ozai would rule ''the world.'']]
** The Earth Queen from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' undoes all the good things her father from the previous series has done for Ba Sing Se. Stuff she does include overtaking her people so that they lived in squalor while she lives in luxury and raising an airbending army by imprisoning them.
* From ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' there's Quentin Trembley, the unknown 8 1/2 President of the United States. Elected by a landslide (as in the other candidates were literally buried by one), he proceded to ban pants, declare war on pancakes, and [[CaligulasHorse appoint babies to the Supreme Court]]. He was eventually deposed, replaced by UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, and [[{{Unperson}} all evidence of his term stricken from the national record]]. He ended up [[spoiler:founding Gravity Falls, being deposed ''again'' and finally encasing himself in peanut brittle, [[HumanPopsicle in an attempt to live forever]] - which, [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight amazingly enough, worked]]]].
* That episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' where he and CloudCuckoolander I.R. Baboon switched brains. The now deranged Weasel uses his influence to mess up the world (though he thinks he's making it better). Baboon convinced him however to go on forced retirement before he could do more damage.
* The Almighty Tallest of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' have tendencies as such, being perfectly happy to put their subjects under such events as ''Probing Day'', where they make Invaders do ridiculous things to entertain them or else suffer a pummeling (pushing some buttons that lead to said Invaders getting beat up by their own technology). The entire principle of destroying a planet to build a parking garage or food court also says something about them.
** They also tried to kill their best invader just for ''being short.''[[note]]and ugly[[/note]] They order everyone to retreat from battle just because of their snacks being lost, and once even punished someone by shooting them out of the airlock. Security threw out the wrong person by accident. Their response? Apathy.
--> '''Tallest Purple:''' That was the wrong ''guy,'' but... it's okay. I think everyone gets the point.
* [[{{Satan}} Lucius Heinous VII]] on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. Although actually a CorruptCorporateExecutive who owns Miseryville dedicates his rule to making sure everyone is miserable. His various deeds include having a barbershop blown up for giving him a bad haircut, having his high school teacher's head mounted for mocking his horns, and ordering [[AlienSky one of the world's three suns]] to be destroyed. That's not even getting to [[RoyallyScrewedUp the deeds of his family]] (His father, Lucius Heinous VI, had the entire town flooded for kicks).
* A tame example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Hearth's Warming Eve". Pinkie Pie's character in the pageant about the foundation of Equestria is Chancellor Puddinghead, leader of the earth pony tribe and clearly a few apples short of a bushel. She was apparently an elected official, but it's a bit of a mystery why anyone would vote for her; it's possible that the various hardships brought about by the extended winter drove the earth ponies to desperation, as hinted at by the quote below.
-->'''Puddinghead:''' I was elected because I know how to think outside the box, which means - ''*shoves head up a nearby chimney*'' - I can think ''inside'' the chimney! ''*beat*'' Can ''you'' think inside a chimney?
** A ''less'' tame example is Discord, a [[ReformedButNotTamed former]] EvilOverlord who ruled Equestria a long ago in a reign of chaos and suffering. He's what happens when a crazy psycho with RealityWarper abilities and [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor a twisted sense of humor]] is in charge.
** In her second appearance in "Magic Duel", the Great and Powerful Trixie becomes this thanks to an ArtifactOfDoom, turning Ponyville into an empire without Celestia (who at the time was performing royal duties in a far-off location) there to stop her. It was also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity making her more insane by the moment]], to the point she spent half the episode being pulled around in a chariot without wheels because she ''didn't trust wheels.''
* UsefulNotes/{{Nero}} himself appeared on Peabody and Sherman's segment of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'', but this was a subversion, where he was portrayed as NotEvilJustMisunderstood. [[spoiler: In this reality, it was actually Nero's ''music teacher'' who started the fire]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Nero}} appears in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', where Garfield tells the story of the cat who invented lasagna. In the story, Nero is depicted as a VillainousGlutton who imprisons (or in some cases, executes) bad chefs. When the cat's owner (the cat and the owner being {{Expy}}s of Garfield and Jon) is thrown in prison, the cat appeals to the Emperor's appetite, claiming Jon is an excellent chef (even though he isn't) which persuades the Emperor to give him a chance. The cat's idea is that [[NotSoDifferent cats and emperors are very much alike]], lazy, greedy people who like to be waited on, so he figured the Emperor would like what ''he'' likes, and directs his owner to make what is eventually called lasagna. It works; the Emperor loves it, and pardons the man.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' special "Whatever Happened to [=SpongeBob=]?" has an amnesiac [=SpongeBob=] finding himself in a city under the tyranny of a greaser gang who outlawed bubbles just because they have the potential to cause harm. In the end they turn out to have been ProperlyParanoid when the city (somehow) collapses into chaos only a few hours after [=SpongeBob=]'s bubble laws were put into practice.
* Galvatron from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. Spending the time between the movie and season three in a lava pit turned him from the Megatron-but-competent of the movie to... uh... [[AxCrazy the way we all remember him being]]. He blasted more of his own troops in his rages than Autobots in battle, and at one point, some other Decepticons told his right hand bot Cyclonus that if something didn't change, they were going to deal with ''both'' of them. Too bad no Decepticon civil war ever materialized.
** Straxus from the comics is even worse. His Animated counterpart, however, is played for laughs on a fan-run [[CharacterBlog formspring]] page.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/KingRollo'' is a benign, {{downplayed|Trope}} example. He never does anything malicious -- in fact, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything he never does anything at all]] besides [[{{Manchild}} play with his toys]] and [[SillyWalk move from place to place in a silly manner]]. The show's very young target audience doesn't need to concern itself with the effect Rollo's reign has on his kingdom, but older viewers are free to infer what they will.
* The Czar of Balzac from the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "The Emperor's New Joe" was obsessed with making his tiny nation trendy, no matter how ridiculous this made his citizens.
* Princess Boo-Boo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freaktown}}'' is the bratty, bossy ruler of Sweetlandia who wants to make Freaktown as cutesy and saccharine as the rest of her domain.